Make sure you  are passing all classes and pass your exams

Pay all fines and return all school devices/materials assigned to you!!                                                                         

Please read and follow these instructions so that you and your family will have an enjoyable and memorable experience.



Wednesday, JUNE 2nd            8:30 AM Scholarship Award/Graduation Practice                                     

Thursday, JUNE 3rd                   8:30 AM – 11:30  Graduation Practice


Every rehearsal is mandatory. Please change any appointments or work schedule which may interfere with the rehearsal schedule. The rehearsal Wednesday will be outside most of the time.  I suggest you bring sunglasses, a hat and wear sunscreen. It will be hot in the morning so the faster we get it right the sooner we can come inside and cool off.


GRADUATION, FRIDAY, JUNE 4th,  7 PM                        


All seniors will park at West McDowell Middle School and ride the shuttle bus up to the high school. The shuttle bus will run until 6:15 pm. Once on campus report directly to the gym and check in with the teacher in charge of line up.  Cell phones will not be allowed on the field during the ceremony. Please leave your phone in your car or with a parent. If you do bring a phone there will be a phone check in located in the gym. Graduates will be in line wearing their cap and gown at 6:15 PM. (If you are not in line at that time you will not be walking.) So do not be late!!!!!

Ladies are to wear a dress or Bermuda-length shorts and a shirt which complies with the MHS dress code. When choosing a pair of shoes to wear, ladies should remember that we will be outside on the turf field.

Gentlemen are to wear dress pants (NOT blue jeans), a dress shirt, and tie. If you do not have a tie, please see an administrator. 

After graduation exercises are completed, graduates will proceed (in order) to the gym, to pick up their diploma.  At this time you will also pick up your phone.


Shuttle buses will run from Peebles, Big Lots and Roses. Buses will run continually until 6:30 PM. Please arrive early in case of long lines.  Only Handicapped parking will be available at the high school. To park at the school,  a handicapped sticker/placard must be visible in the vehicle.  NJROTC cadets will be directing traffic to the parking lots.  Security will be located at the entrance to West Middle and coming up the hill from Bojangle’s so only vehicles with the handicapped sticker/placard will be allowed up to the school. The nature trail will be closed except for emergency personnel. During the ceremony no one will be allowed on the concrete directly behind the graduates. During the ceremony no golf carts or buses will be running.

Weather Plan:

If the ceremony is moved indoors, tickets will be required for entrance into the MHS gymnasium due to size capacity.  (Students will receive tickets at last graduation practice if needed due to weather.)

Livestream Information:

The ceremony will be live streamed to the McDowell High YouTube Channel ( In addition, a special Senior tribute will be shown on the YouTube Channel beginning at 6:45PM.