2022 Graduation Information


    If you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, (fever, sustained cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of sense of taste or smell, ongoing diarrhea, repeated vomitting, continuous nausea) please refrain from attending graduation. 


    At this time, graduates will be allowed to invite 10 guests to attend the Spring Graduation ceremonies in May and June.  The number of guests is subject to change should the Health Department deem it necessary due to Covid.  All ceremonies will be livestreamed and can be watched online. 


    Please do not bring any balloons, flowers, signs, noisemakers, or gifts to graduation ceremonies.  They will not be permitted inside the venues.  Please leave those items at home.  All bags MUST be smaller than 5" x 8" x 1". However, diaper bags and medical bags will be allowed.  Cameras are allowed, but not the camera bag. 


    All graduates should wear full regalia for their school including but not limited to, gown, cap and tassel. Please contact your school if you have any questions regarding regalia and regalia orders for your school. 

    Gowns Neatly pressed (use a cool iron or hang up in a bathroom to allow steam from shower to help the wrinkles fall out). 

    Caps Worn straight on the head, top of cap should be flat, parallel to the ground Please note that decorated caps will not be permitted. 

    Tassel Worn over the right temple before a student graduates. 


    The faculty and staff of Durham Public Schools want to make your graduation a most memorable experience. We ask for your full cooperation with the dress code for graduation. If you have any questions as to the appropriate dress for the occasion, please check with your principal. 

    Any students, due to extenuating circumstances or extreme hardship, who cannot acquire an item necessary to meet the dress code requirements, should discuss the situation with your school’s graduation coordinator and/or principals prior to graduation rehearsal. 

    Acceptable Graduation Attire: 

    • Dress pants/slacks (no jeans) with a white dress shirt or blouse
    • Dress tie or bow tie (if applicable)
    • Skirt with a white dress shirt or blouse
    • Dress


    Additional Details:

    • Dark shoes or neutral shoes (no topsiders, boots, bedroom slippers/fuzzy slippers, or athletic shoes)
    • CAUTION: Heel height should be comfortable for brisk, safe walking up and downstairs. Flat shoes or wedges are recommended.
    • Dark dress socks and neutral hosiery (if applicable)
    • Small stud earrings (no dangling jewelry)
    • No jeans

    Decorated caps, purses and/or book bags will NOT be allowed in the procession.



    Children age two and under who will remain seated on the lap of an adult for the duration of the graduation ceremony will not require a ticket. Children over age two and those under age two who will require their own seat need to have their own ticket. 


    • Seniors should remain quiet at all times and should not get out of line at any time. 
    • Balloons, noise makers, and signs are prohibited. 
    • No gum is allowed. 
    • Seniors will graduate in alphabetical order by last name. 
    • Marshals will direct seniors when to stand and when to walk to the stage. 
    • Seniors should stand and sit together as a row. 
    • When crossing the stage, seniors will pick up their diploma cover from a table.  Due to health restrictions, there will not be any hand shaking.  
    • After receiving your diploma cover, continue to walk across the stage and smile at any dignitaries who may be on stage with you. Go down the steps and return to your seat. 
    • Remain standing until everyone from your row has returned to your seat. 
    • After everyone has received their diploma cover, the Superintendent will declare you graduates of Durham Public Schools. At that time, all seniors will turn the tassel on their cap from the right to the left. 

    Junior marshalls will direct you.