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Guide to Senior Activities and Graduation 2024

Guide to Graduation 2024

Dear Northwest High School Families~

As the third quarter commences, allow us to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your student(s) on an amazing senior year. We have been thoroughly impressed by the commitment, leadership, and pride of the Class of 2024! We appreciate everything they have done to leave their footprints here at NWHS, and our team wishes them much success as they transition to the next exciting chapter of their life, knowing that they are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that await them.

The NWHS graduation committee has designed this packet to help answer many of the questions that will arise throughout the year. It contains information about Senior Honors Nights, Commencement Practice, and Commencement 2024. It also provides information about graduation requirements, the commencement program, attire for the ceremony, cap and gown details, diploma pick-up, and other essential information. We will continue to publish information electronically, on our school website for your convenience.  Please see the “Seniors” heading on the left side menu bar of our web page.

I am certain this school year has been and will continue to be a time of excitement and celebration for your student and your family. We hope this information will help you plan for upcoming events and will reduce the stress that can come in times of transition. 

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Northwest High School, let us again express how proud we are of the Class of 2024 and thank you for your support. In so many ways, their success is your success. These young men and women have made a difference in their time here at Northwest High School, and they will be missed. Once again, our congratulations to you and your family!

Please do not hesitate to contact the NWHS administration team regarding any questions and concerns that may arise or you may contact your student’s guidance counselor:

Brittany Summers   A-G   [email protected]   513-742-7108

Emily Jones  H-O   [email protected]    513-742-7109

Virginia Schueler   P-Z   [email protected]     513-742-7107

Dedicated to Serving Your Students,

Matt Piening,                                  

Interim Principal, Northwest High School             


Anthony Gaines,  

Assistant Principal (A-M)  

Sarah McMullen 

Assistant Principal (N-Z)

Northwest High School Prom

Enchanted Forest

(Green, Gold, White)

Date:   Friday, April 26th         Time:  8:00 - 11:00 PM

Location: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 

Ticket Price:  $55 per person

?  When do tickets go on sale?

  • Tickets will be on sale March 1-26 online. Tickets are $55 per person.  Tickets will not be sold at 

the door. All school fees must be paid for all attendees. If fees are not paid, tickets will not be issued. 

  • Tickets will be sent to the email address provided and can be printed or scanned for admission.

  • Each senior may purchase two (2) tickets, one for themselves and one for their guest.  The guest's name must be provided at the time of purchase.  The form must be returned to the teacher in charge.  Forms can be found in the main office. 

  • No refunds will be issued. 

?  What is appropriate attire for the Prom?

  • Prom is a formal event.  ladies' dress length should be no shorter than mid-thigh.  Ladies' dresses should not be two pieces; no midriffs should be showing.  Necklines for dresses should be modest and not revealing. Thin straps and strapless dresses are allowed. Gentlemen should wear tuxedos or suits with ties.  Please check with an administrator if you have questions about your dress.        

  • No jeans or baseball hats.  Students can be denied entry to prom if they are not dressed 


?  What do I need to bring?    

  • You will need to bring your ticket and your student ID or Driver’s License.  No one will be permitted into 

prom without an ID. 

?  Can I bring a guest to the Prom?    

  • Yes, you can bring a guest.  The age range for acceptable guests is high school age to 20 years old.

Guests 21 and older are not permitted to attend.

  • Any guest who does not attend Northwest High School will need to fill out the Northwest High School 

Dance guest form. 

?  Other Information    

  • Seniors are expected to attend senior breakfast the morning of prom.  They will then be able to leave and get ready for prom once it is over. 

  • Doors will open at 7:30 pm.  All students are expected to be at prom by 9:30 pm.  We will be closing the doors and you cannot enter after 9:30 pm.

  • Once a student leaves the venue, they will not be allowed to re-enter.

  • All students and purses will be searched by administrators when entering.  

  • No bags will be allowed other than a small purse.

  • The prom ends promptly at 11:00 PM and all students must exit the venue. 

  • School contact person: Whitney Mitchell  ( [email protected])

Commencement Information

 Commencement Information:

  • Commencement 2024 will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd - at Northern Kentucky University at 7 PM. The doors will open to the public beginning at 5:30 PM.  

  • Students participating in the commencement ceremony at NKU  MUST attend the Graduation Rehearsal on Wednesday, May 15th @ 1:00 PM in the Gym.  Students who DO NOT attend the rehearsal will not walk at Graduation.  

  • Graduates should report to the staging area in the back hallway at NKU no later than 6:00 PM to check in for the ceremony and begin the process of lining up. Parents and guests will not be permitted in the staging area prior to graduation. 

  • Seating for the handicapped and parking is available.  Please contact China Allen at [email protected]

 for arrangements.

  • We will review commencement procedures with the seniors during the graduation rehearsal on May 15. Students will also have information regarding their seat assignment provided at practice so you are able to plan where you will sit. Please do not save seats. 

  • At this time, tickets are not required to attend graduation so you may bring as many guests as you wish.


  • If a student does NOT wish to participate in the graduation ceremony, they will need to notify Mrs. Hall in writing by April 23rd, 2024.  

 Required Attire for Graduates:

  • Any student who has not ordered a cap and gown should contact Herff Jones/Graduate Services at 513-272-5890 immediately. 

    Cap and gown The graduation attire for all students must be purchased from Herff Jones. All students will wear a royal blue gown, a white stole, a royal blue cap, and a gold tassel. Students will line up alphabetically for the ceremony. Students will keep their gowns, their Northwest “N” stoles, their tassels, and their caps after the ceremony. If a student throws his/her cap in the ceremony, it is not guaranteed to be returned! 


  • Males must wear a white dress shirt, dark slacks, and dark shoes. Jeans, shorts, flip-flops, slides, and gym shoes are not permitted.

  • Females must wear appropriate dresses or black pants.  shoes are to be black, white, silver, or gold. Remember, you will be walking up steps and across the stage, so choose your shoes wisely.  Jeans, shorts, flip-flops, slides,  high heels, and gym shoes are not permitted.  

  • The only stoles, cords, and medals awarded to the seniors by Northwest High School or Butler Tech are permitted to be worn. These are issued by the National Honor Society, NWHS, and Butler Tech. There are no exceptions. 

  • It is strongly recommended that graduates not bring purses or any other items unless they have a parent who can hold them. Graduates will not be allowed to carry anything into the graduation ceremony that is not part of the ceremony INCLUDING CELL PHONES

 Pictures during the ceremony:

  • Please feel free to take as many photographs as you wish before, during, and after the ceremony. Pictures must be taken from the seating area. Students will be able to inform you of their seat location after rehearsal on May 15th.  Only graduation personnel will be permitted on the floor. 

  • A professional photographer from Lifetouch will be on hand to take pictures as students cross the stage and receive their diplomas. Information about ordering pictures will be in the graduation program. 


Expectations for the ceremony:

  • Doors will close at 7:30 PM (30 minutes after the ceremony has started) and no other guests will be permitted to enter after this time so as not to disrupt the ceremony.  Be sure to leave plenty of time to drive, park, and walk to your seats.

  • The Northwest High School Commencement is a formal ceremony and should be conducted with dignity and respect. Because the ceremony involves over 200 students, certain standards have been established to ensure that all of the graduates’ names are heard clearly as all students have worked to earn the privilege to graduate. Graduates, parents, and guests are reminded that, out of respect for our graduates, anything that detracts from the dignity of the ceremony will not be permitted. 

  • Graduation from high school is a dignified event to be shared by family and friends. Please read the following guidelines and adhere to them during the ceremony; they are designed to ensure that EVERY family is able to hear graduates’ names when they are announced:

** Please hold applause for graduates until all students in that advisory have been named. The advisors will say “thank you” at the end of their list of names to indicate when to applaud. This will be about every 12 students’ names.

** Please turn off the ringer of your cell phone during the ceremony. 

Noisemakers (such as air-horns, whistles, etc.) along with excessive screaming or shouting will NOT be permitted before, during, or after the ceremony. Any guest or graduate participating in such an activity will be subject to removal from the stadium. Balloons, signs/posters, confetti, or any other items that are distracting or block the view of guests are also not permitted. 

      Additional Important Information:

  • Information for Commencement: Do not forget to notify Mrs. Hunt ([email protected]) of any scholarship offers your student has received by May 17th. This includes all offers for college scholarships, local scholarships, and athletic scholarships, even if your student will not be using them. 

  • A “Final Transcript” form will be loaded into the Senior Google Classroom in early May. This must be completed by May 24th.  No final transcript will be sent without the request form being completed. All school fees and obligations must be paid in order for the final transcript to be mailed.  Final transcripts will be mailed in mid-June. Only one transcript will be mailed out per student. Transcripts will not be mailed home.

  • Senior Pranks will not be tolerated. Any senior who disrupts or contributes in any way to the disruption of the normal school operation during the final days of school will be subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will include, but not be limited to, being denied participation in Graduation

  • All school fees must be paid, library materials returned, and any other school obligations taken care of by April 26th at 3:00 PM in order for students to participate in graduation. Textbooks and Chromebooks with chargers are to be turned in by May 14th, which is the senior's last day of school. If they are not returned a fee will be charged.  NWHS accepts cash, checks, or credit cards. If paying by credit card this can be paid at www.payschooslcentral.com. Contact the building OP5 in the main building or at 513-851-7300 x5233 to make payments or for questions regarding school fees. 

  • Diploma pick-up will be on May 23rd at Northwest High School in the front lobby from 12:00 am - 2:00 pm. All diplomas must be signed for by the graduate, not their parent or guardian. 

Requirements for Graduation: 


All seniors must complete all academic and other requirements in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. The academic requirements are as follows:

Class of 2024 - Total Credits Required - 20    

  • -English                             4 credits     -Physical Education              ½ credit    

  • -Math                                4 credits     -Health                                   ½ credit

  • -Science                            3 credits    -Electives                               4 credits

  • -Soc. Studies                    3 credits    

  • -Fine Arts                          1 credit              

Seals: Students will demonstrate readiness for their post-high school paths by earning two diploma seals             

            that allow them to demonstrate important foundational and well-rounded academic and technical      

            knowledge, professional skills, and leadership and reasoning skills.                                             

Additional Requirements: Students must earn a minimum score of 684 for Algebra I and English II on the End of Course Exams.  Please contact your student's counselor if you are unsure if these requirements have been met.

  • Teachers and counselors will make every effort to contact parents of seniors who have failed to meet academic requirements by May 5. Note: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all graduation requirements are met.  If you have any questions, please contact your student’s counselor. 

    /  Graduate Service

At Herff Jones, we are proud to help Northwest High School’s Class of 2024.  If you have not yet placed your order for graduation, please pick up an order packet in the main office or you may go to our website at www.graduateserviceinc.com.  If you have any questions, you may contact us at 513-272-5890.

Your cap and gowns may be picked up at the Senior Breakfast which will be April 26, 2024, from 8:00-10:00 am. 

Lifetouch will have an official commencement photographer present to take pictures. They will be available online at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.  Celebrate your achievement with these professional portraits. 

Graduation Video

Waycross Community Media will be taping and televising our Graduation ceremony. In addition to watching it the day of graduation, you can view the presentation on Time Warner Cable channel 4.  

The 2024 Northwest High School Graduation will be streamed live.

A DVD or Digital copy of the graduation ceremony will be available after graduation. 

** More information on how to purchase photos and/or a video will be in the graduation program.

Senior Events 2024




Sept. 21

Senior Parent Meeting 

Auditorium  5:30 PM

Meeting for parents and seniors with Mrs. Hall

Oct. 12

Cap and Gown Meeting

during Advisory

Herff Jones to meet about graduation orders. Packets will be available in the main office and career center office or order online at www.graduateserviceinc.com

Oct. 17

Senior Panoramic Photo 

In the gym @ 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 18

Graduation Orders / Conferences

3:30-7:00 PM

Herff Jones will be at school for questions or to take orders

Oct. 27

Graduation orders 

Herff Jones will be in the cafeteria to take orders during lunch

Nov. 9

Senior/Parent Meeting

Auditorium  5:30 PM


Dec 4

Cap & Gown Early order deadline

Order Cap & gowns by Dec 4 to avoid a $20 late fee. 

Jan. 5 - Feb. 5

Local Scholarship Applications

Local Scholarship Applications posted in Google Classroom -

due no later than February 5 at 3:00 PM

Feb 1

Senior Pictures due for Yearbook

Send a headshot Senior picture to Maggie Bierman:  [email protected]

March 1-26

Prom Ticket Sales 

Order through Hometown Ticketing

March 12

Graduation announcements delivered

Graduation announcements will be available for pickup during lunch

April 26


All outstanding fees must be paid by 3 PM to attend the Prom and to receive your diploma.  Contact Myia Engleman at 513-851-7300 x5233

April 26

Senior Breakfast

Cap and Gown pickup 

8:30 AM - Gym

 This event is only for NWHS Seniors

Seniors will be released to go home from this event around 10:00 AM

April 26

Prom 8-11 p.m.

Senior Prom will be held at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Tickets will cost $55 per person.

April 30

Top 10 Graduates Ceremony

Auditorium  8:30 AM 

 Invitations will be mailed to parents/guardians

May 1

Final  Cap & Gown order date

This is the absolute Final day to place orders for cap & gown

May 2

Senior Honors Night & Military Recognition

Auditorium - 6:00 PM

Invitations will be mailed to parents/guardians.  Please plan to attend this program with your student

May 13

Butler Tech Senior Ceremony

Cintas Center  7:00 PM

May 14

Seniors Last Day

Last day of attendance for Seniors unless they have a final exam for one of their classes!  Seniors turn in their textbooks and Chromebooks this morning.

May 15

Senior Exams

Library  10:00 AM

Any senior who has a C average (70% or higher) in his/her second-semester classes will be exempt from exams in those classes.

Students who do not meet this criteria should report to school to take exams

May 15

Senior Clap Out at Elementaries

Morning - Time TBA

May 15

Graduation Rehearsal 

NWHS Gym - 1:00 PM

MANDATORY for those participating in the graduation ceremony.  

If you do not show up for rehearsal, you will NOT walk at graduation.

Please be on time. Students will receive seat assignments at rehearsal.

May 15

Scholarship Information Due

All scholarship amounts, including athletic signings, due to Mrs. Hunt

Please include ALL offers (not just what you are using).

May 22

Graduation Ceremony

NKU -  7:00 PM

Truist Arena at Northern Kentucky University - Graduates should arrive no later than 6 p.m. to check in and begin to line up.  

May 23

Diploma Pick Up

Front Lobby  12:00-2:00 PM

 Only the student can pick up their diploma, and they will be required to sign a document in order to receive their diploma. Parents or friends may not pick up diplomas for studentsIf you can’t make it at this time, you can pick it up any day after this during school hours.

May 24

Final Transcripts ordered 

Deadline for Google form.  No transcripts will be issued until all school fees are paid and all textbooks/Chromebooks/uniforms are returned.

Final transcripts will be mailed in mid-June.