Graduation

FAQs

Graduation Day

1. When will graduation take place?
Graduation will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.
 
2. Where will graduation be held?
The graduation ceremony will be held at Basilone Field. If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium.
 
3. When should my graduating senior be there?
Seniors should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.   Traffic will be heavy.  The Processional March will begin at 5:10 p.m. sharp.

4. Why is the graduation ceremony at 5:30 p.m.?
The graduation ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. to try to avoid the typical early evening thundershowers that occur in June.

Tickets

1. When will my graduating senior receive their tickets?
All tickets will be issued to the seniors at the graduation rehearsal on Wednesday, June 19.
 
2. How many tickets will I receive for graduation?
Your senior will receive six (6) tickets for the outdoor graduation and four (4) if graduation is in the large gymnasium.  
 
3. If I need more tickets, how should I get them?
Because there are fire codes and our school must adhere to the number of people allowed at the event, it is not possible for us to give out more tickets.   If you need more tickets, your graduating senior should ask friends with small families for their extra tickets.
 
 4. If I have family coming from out of state, can I get more tickets?
Again we must adhere to the fire codes. No additional tickets will be provided.
 
5. What happens if it rains? How will I know where to go?
If it rains, graduation will take place in the large gymnasium and students will have four (4) tickets. Due to the size of the gymnasium and fire code requirements, you must use the indoor tickets.
 
If you are uncertain about the location of the graduation ceremony, please look at the flag at the Basilone Football Field. If the flag is up, it is outdoors; if the flag is down, it is indoors. A message will also be posted on the website.
 
 6. If the graduating student has divorced parents, each with their own full family, does the student get extra tickets?
 No, again we are restricted by fire codes. Each graduating student will receive six (6) outdoor and four (4) indoor tickets regardless of their situation.

7. If the student will not give his/her parent a ticket to attend the graduation, how does the parent get a ticket?
This is a question for the graduating senior who determines who will receive the tickets.
 
8. At what age does a child need a ticket to attend graduation and can my child sit on my lap?
Anyone attending the ceremony, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Handicapped Provisions

 
1. Does a handicapped plate or hang tag guarantee me a spot in the designated handicap parking spot?
 No, we have designated handicapped parking spots that are available on a first come, first serve basis.
 
2. If I have a handicapped person in my car, what is the procedure?
The driver will be allowed to drop off the handicapped individual and then park in an available parking spot.
 
3. If I have more than two people needing handicapped tickets, can I get more?
Yes, but only for those needing the handicapped tickets. They will reduce your regular ticket allotment by the handicapped tickets required.
  
4. If I have two handicapped people, and I need someone to sit with them, can I get extra handicapped tickets?
Yes, see #3.
 
5. If I am not sure if I need a handicapped ticket, what should I do?
Request the handicapped ticket which can be used for regular seating. 
 
6. Are handicapped tickets in addition to or instead of regular tickets?
No, you will still receive the same number of tickets. For example, if you need two (2) handicapped tickets, you will receive four (4) regular outdoor tickets and (2) handicapped tickets. The handicapped tickets can be used indoors or outdoors.

Rehearsal and Graduation Attendance

1. If a graduating senior cannot attend rehearsal, what is the policy?
If your son/daughter cannot attend rehearsal, they must contact Ms. Zamrok, Senior Class Administrator, prior to the rehearsal and provide the reason. She can be reached on 231-8660 X2163 or lzamrok@brrsd.k12.nj.us.  Without Ms. Zamrok’s permission, a student who misses graduation rehearsal will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.
 
2. If a graduating senior has to leave early from rehearsal, what is the procedure?
See # 1.
 
3. What is the policy if a student chooses not to walk with the graduation procession?
The family must contact Ms. Cimpko-Beller at  Dcimpko-beller@brrsd.k12.nj.us.
 
4. What is the policy if a student has another commitment, eg. a college program on the same date as graduation?
The family must contact Ms. Cimpko-Beller at  Dcimpko-beller@brrsd.k12.nj.us 

5. Can a senior who is not graduating walk in the procession if they plan to take a required class in the summer?
Every senior must meet all the graduation requirements in order to walk. After they meet the graduation requirements, they can pick up their diploma in the main office at BRHS.

Photographs

1. Will a professional photographer be present at graduation?
Yes, there will be a professional photographer present.  Normandy Studios (908-755-0431)

2. How will I be able to order photographs after the ceremony?
Students can go to the website:  www.normandystudio.com

Graduation Cords

Only NHS and Renaissance Cords may be worn at graduation.  Renaissance chords are free and will be available in the library after graduation practices. Renaissance chords are available to any student who received all As and Bs from the 4th marking period of the junior year and the first three marking periods of the senior year. 

Diplomas

1. Do the students receive the actual diploma during the ceremony.
No.  Diplomas will be distributed the following day, June 21st, between the hours of 8am and 11am.  Please bring a picture ID.
 
2. What happens if my student does not pick up their diploma on June 21st?
They can pick up their diploma in the Guidance Office.
 
3. Outstanding Fines:   Diploma is held
 

Graduation Requirements

On June 5, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) updated the high school graduation assessment requirements in both English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and mathematics for the Classes of 2019 through 2022, pursuant to an amended Consent Order from the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

New Jersey High School Graduation Assessment Requirements