As with all events in the last year, we know that we need to be flexible. The following is our plan for celebrating our graduates this year. As we get closer to the date, we will continue to update families on final details.
Plan #1: Indoor Ceremony at NIU’s Convocation Center on May 26, 2021
An indoor ceremony is our first preference to avoid the fickle Illinois weather. This plan would require advance distribution of tickets to graduates. The number of tickets has not been determined at this time. We will continue to work with NIU and the DeKalb Health Department to determine the capacity for this type of ceremony. It is possible that multiple ceremonies will need to take place in order to comply with capacity limitations.
Plan #2: Outdoor Ceremony at NIU’s Huskie Stadium on May 26, 2021 (Rain Date: May 27, 2021)
This option provides us with a larger seating and parking capacity than Bulldog Stadium. This plan would require advance distribution of tickets to graduates. The number of tickets has not been determined at this time. We will continue to work with NIU and the DeKalb Health Department to determine the capacity for this type of ceremony. It is possible that multiple ceremonies will need to take place in order to comply with capacity limitations.
Plan #3: Outdoor Ceremony at BHS’s Bulldog Stadium on May 26, 2021 (Rain Date: May 27, 2021)
This option would only be used if state or local authorities require us to cancel our plans at NIU. If we are required to use this option, we would have multiple ceremonies to accommodate group size requirements. This plan would require advance distribution of tickets to graduates.
|March/April TBA||Graduation Announcements Available for Pickup||Atrium|
|March 8th||Informational Meeting for Students Interested in Speaking at Graduation at 2:45 p.m.||D103|
|April TBA||Cap & Gown Pickup||Atrium|
|April 8th||Auditions for Graduation Speakers||Windmill Room (A101)|
|April 25th||Senior Recognition Night Form Due||Student Email With Specific Directions|
|May 12th||Senior Recognition Night at 7:00 pm||TBD|
|May 21st||Last Day To Pay Fines||PowerSchool or BHS Business Office|
|May 21st||Last Day for Seniors|
|May 21st||Final Transcript Requests Due||Student Email With Specific Directions|
|May 25th||Senior Breakfast (Optional)||TBD|
|May 25th||Panoramic Photo (Optional)||TBD|
|May 25th||Graduation Practice (Required)||TBD|
|May 27th||Possible Rain Date for Graduation||TBD|
|June 30th||All Class of 2021 BPS accounts will be shut down on June 30th||Student Email With Specific Directions About Saving Data Sent in Spring|
Families can choose to purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones. If you did order announcements, Herff Jones will be here in March. Herff Jones will send out an announcement and it will be posted on our website.
The deadline to order or reserve your cap & gown is December 1, 2020. A $10.00 late fee will be applied to all orders and reservations placed after this date.
There are three ways to do this:
Herff Jones is the official supplier of caps & gowns, graduation products, class rings and letter jackets. View and order these items online at www.HerffJonesIL.com
Rental cap and gowns are to be ordered from Herff Jones and turned in after the ceremony. You may keep the cap & tassel. Herff Jones will be delivering the caps & gowns mid April. If you are unsure if you ordered your rental cap and gown, you may contact Herff Jones directly at www.herffjonesil.com or you may call them at 815-756-4743.
Here is the schedule and what students should expect:
|Time||Description||Required or Optional?||Information|
|8:00 am||Senior Breakfast||Optional||TBD|
Students who are receiving scholarships or other achievements and wish to be recognized at our Senior Honors Night will need to join the Google Classroom linked here and complete the information tasks assigned. All information and documentation needs to be submitted by April 25th.
While we cannot hold a traditional prom event, we are excited to hold a seniors-only celebration at the high school. In our survey of seniors, the overwhelming majority of students requested an event that allowed for getting “fancy” and taking photos. We hope to accomplish both!
Here are some basic details:
When: May 8, 2021
Where: Batavia High School
Tickets: Advance purchase will be required. Group size is TBD. Tickets will go on sale the week of April 26th.
What: A student-planned celebration including photo opportunities, food, music, prizes, and much more! Formal apparel is optional and non-BHS students are not allowed to attend.