Celebrating the Class of 2021

FAQ's

How do we sign up for Senior pictures?   Senior pictures should be scheduled directly with HR Root.  Contact them directly to set up your session.

How do we order caps and gowns? These orders are done directly with Herff Jones.  Contact information:
Online:  herffjonesil.com
By Phone:  1-815-756-4743
By Mail:  Herff Jones
901 N. 1st Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

Seniors can pick up their caps and gowns in the BHS cafeteria on:

Wednesday, May 12th 11:30 – 1:30 (In-Person Students)

                                     1:30 – 2:30   (Remote Learners)

Thursday, May 13th 12:00 – 2:00 (Any Senior)

How do I order a senior yard sign? Orders for customized yard signs from BHS were due on March 15th.For families who ordered senior signs, they will be distributed on the following dates in the BHS Atrium (Main St. side):

Monday, April 19th from 12:30-2:30

Tuesday, April 20th from 12:30-2:30

Thursday, April 22nd from 12:30-2:30

For families who did not order and would like to celebrate their graduate, Herff Jones sells yard signs. You can get more information from their website: http://herffjonesil.com/

What about early graduates?  Early graduates can participate in graduation.  They may not participate in spring extra-curricular activities.  Early grads will still have access to their BPS email and should check occasionally for updates.  Parents of early grads will not receive Messenger emails after December 2020.

Graduation Ceremony

We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating our seniors outdoors at NIU (map here) in one ceremony.  One of our seniors’ key requests was a single ceremony where they can all be together.  A reminder that the dates are Wednesday, May 26th at 7:00 pm with a rain date of Thursday, May 27th at 7:00 pm.  The use of a rain date will be announced using our email and text/phone messenger system, school website, and social media.  This determination will be made by the NIU staff.  We will make every effort to make this decision as early as possible so families can make plans.

This video gives graduates and their guests instructions for attending the Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony at NIU’s Huskie Stadium (1425 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115):

Each graduate will be given seven (7) tickets for graduation.  We cannot distribute any additional tickets to graduates or their families.  The ceremony will be held at NIU’s Huskie Stadium.  

Other new information:

  • We will distribute envelopes to all seniors on Tuesday, May 25th from 8 am – 2 pm and Wednesday, May 26th from 8 am – 12 pm in the BHS atrium (Main Street entrance).  These envelopes contain ceremony tickets, vaccination records, honor cords, honor stoles, and other important items.  We cannot distribute these items at NIU.  Seniors or their parent/guardian must pick up these envelopes on the designated dates.  We cannot give these envelopes to other students due to the sensitive nature of the contents.
  • We will not hold a traditional graduation practice.  We will send all seniors and their families a video the week prior to the ceremony with all essential details.

Guidelines from NIU:

  • All guests 1 years and up must have a ticket.
  • Guests, Graduates, Faculty & Staff must wear a mask at all times unless they are delivering speeches or reading graduate’s names.
  • ADA seating is available on the field.  Guests requiring accommodations can have one guest sit with them.
  • Guests must sit in the seating section noted on the tickets. 
    • Seating within your section is general admission.
    • Please respect distancing rules and sit apart from other groups in your section.
    • Guests sitting too close to other groups will be asked to move. 
    • Guests may have their tickets checked at any time and will be moved if they are sitting anywhere other than there assigned section.
  • Guests, Graduates, Faculty & Staff may bring in (1) unopened 20 oz. or smaller bottle of water into the stadium.  Please have them refrain from bringing in any other outside beverages (including Starbucks, Dunkin’, and other coffee brands).
  • Guests are encouraged to not bring bags into the arena, however the following are permitted:
    • Bags that are clear and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ 12″.
    • Small clutch bags, without a handle or strap, which do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″ (approx. the size of a hand).
    • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the door.
  • Prohibited Items:  Bags, backpacks, duffels (see Clear Bag Policy), laser pointers of any kind, coolers, bottles, cans, containers, or projectiles, weapons, flammables, or other potentially dangerous items, aerosol containers, or any pressurized container, horns, noisemakers, or whistles, any illegal substances, helium balloons, posters, banners, or signs on sticks, golf umbrellas, tripods, monopods, & selfie sticks, outside food & beverages (including Starbucks, Dunkin’, and other coffee brands), strollers
  •  Graduates and guests are asked to exit the stadium immediately after the conclusion of the ceremony, and ask that they respectfully follow our staff’s instructions.
  • Our goal is to provide the safest environment that we can; and hope that administration, graduates, and guests understand that these policies have been discussed with the County Health Dept. and that only by abiding them are we allowed to host 2021 ceremonies.

Graduation Livestream

The graduation ceremony was streamed live on this page on May 26th. Here is the recording:

 

 

Key Dates For Seniors

 

Date Event Location
ASAP FAFSA Online
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 8th Auditions for Graduation Speakers Windmill Room (A101)
April 19th, 20th, & 22nd Yard Sign Pickup (For Those Who Pre-Ordered) Atrium
12:30-2:30
April 25th Senior Recognition Night Form Due Classroom Link (For Seniors)
May 8th Prom BHS
May 12th Senior Recognition Night Virtual
May 12th & 13th Cap & Gown Pickup Cafeteria
Wednesday, May 12th
11:30- 2:30  Thursday, May 13th 12:00 – 2:00
May 21st Last Day To Pay Fines PowerSchool or BHS Business Office
May 21st Last Day for Seniors
May 21st Final Transcript Requests Due Click Here
May 25th & 26th Envelope Pickup (Required For All Seniors) Atrium
Tuesday, May 25th from 8 am – 2 pm
Wednesday, May 26th from 8 am – 12 pm
May 26th Graduation NIU Huskie Stadium 7 pm
May 27th Rain Date for Graduation NIU Huskie Stadium 7 pm
June 30th All Class of 2021 BPS accounts will be shut down on June 30th Directions For Saving Data

Herff Jones

Graduation Announcements

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.  

Caps & Gowns

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

New this year, students get to keep their cap and gown. There is no return process.

Graduation Rehearsal

There will be no in-person rehearsal this year.  Students and parents will receive a video the week before graduation describing what they should expect at NIU.

Senior Honors Night

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.

Prom

All members of the Batavia Class of 2021 are invited to a special Senior Prom!

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Time: 90 minute time slots beginning at 4:00 pm
Price: $20
Attire: Formal optional

All seniors attending will sign up to come to the high school for a 90 minute time slot. For the first 30 minutes you will be able to socialize, take pictures, and listen to music. Then you will join Mind Reader Jacob Mayfield for an interactive experience full of music and comedy. Finally, you will dine around the world at BHS with various food vendors from the area. You will also get your chance at winning various prizes. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your time slot for check in. Students should park in the Wilson Street parking lot and enter through the main ticket booth. The majority of the event will be held on the track in Bulldog Stadium

The ticket link will go live on April 26 at 7:00 AM. The link will be sent to seniors through their BPS email. You will be signing up for a 90-minute time slot. The hour slots are available every 30 minutes. Each time slot can hold up to 45 people, so make sure you sign up with your friends! We will continue to open time slots as needed.

This will be an outdoor event, weather permitting. A decision will be made by 10 am on the day of the event and posted to BHS social media pages if the event needs to move inside.

This is a BHS senior event only. Guest passes will not be allowed. No outside food, drink, or extra belongings will be allowed in the event. All bags will be searched. Please leave personal belongings in your car. No reentry once you leave the event.

You will need to fill out a Covid screener prior to arriving at BHS. Facemasks and social distancing must be followed at all times, along with all Covid procedures set in place by the CDC.

If you need financial assistance please contact your counselor.

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