Pope High School    

Mr. Tom Flugum, Principal

Kimberly Artigas, AP|  Terri Browne, AP | Denise Danielson, AP | Eric Gray, AP | Josh Mathews, AP/AD  |  Nancy Zarbnisky, AP 
3001 Hembree Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-578-7900
FAX: 770-578-7902

Alan C. Pope High School

Class of 2019

GRADUATION INFORMATION AND SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

 Graduation:    Friday, May 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.    Kennesaw State University Convocation Center                       

Seniors and their parents should read all information in this packet carefully.  Seniors are responsible for knowing and following all directions and schedules in this packet. 

Graduation is an optional, dignified, formal event for graduating seniors and their families and guests. The actual ceremony should be completed in approximately one and a half hours.  We ask the cooperation of all who attend to honor our graduates and celebrate their accomplishments. Please refrain from any inappropriate noises that will detract from the dignity of the ceremony.  Since this ceremony is an official function of Pope High School, all Cobb County School District and Pope High School policies, rules, and regulations are in effect. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

PARTICIPATION IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY IS NOT MANDATORY.  STUDENTS MUST MEET ALL EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. 

·         The student must meet all requirements for graduation before the diploma will be granted. 

·         All required courses must be successfully completed or the student will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony with this class. 

·         All financial obligations, including payment for lost textbooks, parking fines, etc., must be cleared before final grades can be given and before the senior will be allowed to participate in graduation practices.  See Cobb County Policy IKDB-R -Graduation Ceremonies.

A Graduation Contract, summarizing behavior/dress expectations and whether the senior wishes to walk in the graduation ceremony, will be given to each senior Tuesday, April 16 to be returned by Thursday, April 25.  This contract must be signed by a parent and the student and must be on file with the school before the student is allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony activities.  

If a student does not wish to participate in the graduation ceremony, there is an option on the Graduation Contract that should be marked.  Additionally, both a parent and the student must sign the contract.  Again, all financial obligations must be cleared before a diploma is issued. 

 

GUEST ENTRY TO KSU CONVOCATION CENTER

·         Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

·         Ticketed guests will enter the building from the Atrium Doors.

Tickets are required for all persons entering.  Each senior will receive six (6) guest tickets at practice on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. There will be a limited number of additional guest tickets available.  REQUESTS for additional guest tickets must be made using the link on the Pope High School web site and submitted no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  Replies to requests will be made starting April 22.  Please do not commit to guest attendance beyond the six (6) tickets that your student will receive.  Tickets will not be provided to students who do not participate in the ceremony.

 

TRAFFIC AND PARKING INFORMATION

Kennesaw State University is located at the intersection of I-75 and Chastain Road. From I-75, exit at Chastain Road (Exit 271) and turn west (left).  Go to the first traffic light past the I-75 ramps and turn right onto Frey Road.

Alternate Route:  Take Piedmont and go approximately 5 miles to Canton Highway.  Turn right and go about 3 miles to New Chastain Road.  Turn left on New Chastain Road.  This turns into Chastain and when you cross I-75, you will see Kennesaw State on your right. Turn right on Frey Road.

If you get in heavy traffic on New Chastain Road before Bells Ferry Road, you can turn right on Bells Ferry Road. Turn left on Shiloh Road. Turn left on Frey Road and turn right into the parking deck past the Convocation Center.

If you get in heavy traffic on Chastain Road between Bells Ferry and I-75 turn right onto Busbee Drive at the intersection before I-75 (Cracker Barrel will be on the far left corner of the intersection). From Busbee Drive turn left onto the Skip Spann connector which will take you directly into the East Parking Deck. 

PARKING

KSU charges a $10.00 parking fee per car. Drivers should be prepared to pay with cash and bring exact change to enter the lot quickly and keep traffic moving.

Graduates are to park in the Central Parking Deck (#42 on the campus map) for the ceremony. Graduates are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for walking from the Central Parking Deck to the Carmichael Student Center (#5 on the map). 

Guests will park in the East Parking Deck (#9 on the campus map) and the East Parking Lot (across Frey Road from the East Parking Deck).  Overflow parking will be available in the Central Parking Deck (#42 on the campus map). 

Guests with disabilities and elderly guests needing assistance should park in either Lot A or Lot B (as designated on the campus map).  Golf carts will run continuously to convey guests to and from the Convocation Center.

 

ADA ACCESSIBILITY

Guests with disabilities and elderly guests needing assistance should arrive at the Convocation Center and assemble at the middle door of the Atrium Entrance. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for the admittance of the individuals requesting assistance and one additional family member.  Each person must have a ticket to be admitted. Guests with disabilities and elderly guests requiring special assistance may be seated on the mezzanine or on the arena floor behind the rope-line. It will be impossible for these early entrees to save seats for additional family members.  Please email the guest’s name and person accompanying them to Alissa.Kitchens@cobbk12.org by May 17, 2019, so we may have a list to be sure we have adequate seating. 

 

 

BAG CHECKS AND PROHIBITED ITEMS

In accordance with KSU requirements, all persons entering the Convocation Center MUST submit all bags and packages for inspection by public safety personnel.  Please do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.  Also, please allow extra time for entry as there may be delays. 

Any object which obscures the view of others or impacts the safety of others is not allowed in the venue.

 

GRADUATION CEREMONY PROTOCOL

To maintain the dignity of the ceremony, guests must remain at their seats throughout the graduation ceremony. No tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks or other camera stabilizing devices are permitted in the Convocation Center.

 

GRADUATION CAPS AND GOWNS

Caps and gowns will be delivered on April 18, 2019. If you have questions concerning these items contact Herff Jones at (770) 795-1626 or online at http://www.highschool.herffjones.com.

 

GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHS, Videos, and Webcast

Lifetouch National School Studios will provide photographs of each graduate. The website for these photos is events.lifetouch.com.  You should check the website approximately 2 weeks after graduation to place your orders online. 

Videos:  The Cobb County School District is offering DVDs of the ceremony which are available for order on the district website at www.cobbk12.org/graduation. 

Live Webcast will be available at www.cobbk12.org/graduation.

 

SENIOR INFORMATION:

 SENIOR EXAMS

Tuesday, May 14, 2019                  6th and 7th Period

Wednesday, May 15, 2019             4th and 5th Period

Thursday, May 16, 2019                2nd and 3rd Period

Friday, May 17, 2019                    1st Period

These are regular school days and exams will be given in the regularly scheduled class period except for first period which will be an extended period for the entire school. 

 

GRADUATION PRACTICES

ATTENDANCE AT ALL GRADUATION PRACTICES IS MANDATORY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY.  STUDENTS MUST HAVE MET ALL FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS BEFORE THE FIRST PRACTICE. 

·         Cobb County School District policies and Pope High School policies and regulations that govern all school activities will be followed.

·         The school’s dress code will be in effect for all practices.

·         Student cooperation will determine the length of each practice session.  

Seniors are required to attend all graduation practices. They must stay for the entire practice each day if they intend to participate in the ceremony.  Those who work or attend other schools should make advance arrangements with their employers or teachers.  Any exceptions must be directed by written letter to Nancy Zarbnisky. This letter should be used as proof of scheduled practices. 

Tuesday, May 21, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.  Gym Lobby for any student who needs to pay fines or turn in books!!

Tuesday, May 21, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Practice at Pope High School Gym

Wednesday, May 22, 1:00p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Practice at Pope High School Gym

 

COMMENCEMENT DAY

Friday May 24 at 5:30p.m. – Graduates Report to the Carmichael Student Center (#5 on the map).

NO Parents, family members or other guests will be permitted in the student center area.

 

SENIOR DRESS

Caps and gowns must be worn by graduating seniors.   Please take your gown out of the package and place it on a hanger to allow the wrinkles to fall out of your gown before graduation.  Please do not iron or hem graduation gowns. 

·         Women:  Wear a dress or skirt and blouse and shoes that are appropriate in color (sandals are permitted but flip flops are not). The dress should not hang below the gown.

·         Men:  Wear a collared shirt, a tie, solid slacks, dress shoes, and socks. No flip flops or tennis shoes are allowed.

·         Only those in proper attire will be allowed in the processional.

·         Flowers and large pieces of jewelry are not appropriate with the graduation gowns. 

Mortarboards are to be placed on the top of the head so that the mortarboard is flat on top.  Bobby pins are suggested to hold it in place. Tassels are to be placed on the right side of the mortarboard during the ceremony.

 

RECESSIONAL

Remember that we are guests of the Kennesaw State University.  CAPS MAY NOT BE THROWN in the Convocation Center.  Please encourage your child to honor this request. We would not want the Class of 2019 to jeopardize future participation at Kennesaw State University.  Restitution for any damage to KSU or district property will be the responsibility of the student or guest who caused the damage.   

At the conclusion of the ceremony, parents and guests are to remain in their seats and not exit until ALL graduates have left the Center.  Audience members will exit the Convocation Center through the Atrium.  Graduates and audience members will be directed to the Campus Green (refer to campus map) following the ceremony.

 

DIPLOMA PICKUP/GOWN RETURN

Graduates will return their gown to Pope High School on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 9-12 in front of PPO.  At this time, they will receive an envelope containing their diploma, unofficial transcript, and other items. 

 

For additional information please contact Nancy Zarbnisky  nancy.zarbnisky@cobbk12.org 

You may also access the Cobb County School District website at  www.cobbk12.org/graduation