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Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Students arrive by 5:15 p.m.

Location: Bojangles' Coliseum

Please Note: This is a student and faculty ONLY event. No parents will be allowed into the Coliseum.


Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

Students arrive between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m.

Location: Bojangles' Coliseum


Parent Letters

These letters detail important information

about graduation procedures and policies.

Please take a moment to review these letters.  Additional information can located in the subsequent section of this webpage: IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Graduation PowerPoint

This PowerPoint was presented to members of the senior class on Monday, May 22nd during a senior assembly.  Please review it for important information about rehearsal and graduation procedures.  Additional information can located in the subsequent section of this webpage: IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Parent Letters
Graduation PowerPoint
Graduation Photos

For the 7th consecutive year, Beamer Sports Photo has been selected to provide photographic services for this special day.  Please click the PDF logo below to access an order form.

Graduation Video

Graduation will be professionally recorded by Videoccasions.  You may order your copy of this event for only $30.00 ea. (DVD), tax and shipping included. Credit cards accepted. Please click the PDF image below for an order form.


Unpaid Financial Obligations: Graduation Exercises & Report Cards – Regulation IKF-R, “Graduation Requirements,” and Policy IKAB, “Report Cards/Progress Reports/Transcripts”

  • As in the past, if students owe money to CMS, they may not participate in graduation exercises and may not receive a diploma until the debt is paid. This includes a wide range of debts, such as fees for overdue library books, damaged textbooks, unpaid lunch charges, unreturned uniforms or damage to school property. The fees accrue over the student’s time in CMS.

Suspensions – Regulation IKF-R, “Graduation Requirements,” and Policy JKD, “Suspension and Expulsion”

  • Seniors who are assigned to a period of Out of School or In School suspension that falls on the day of graduation are not permitted to participate in graduation exercises.

Graduation Rehearsal – Regulation IKF-R, “Graduation Requirements”


  • Unless they are excused by the principal, students are expected to participate in graduation rehearsals.

Foreign Exchange Students – Regulation IKF-R, “Graduation Requirements”


  • Foreign Exchange students in CMS do not receive diplomas. Instead, they receive honorary certificates.

Dress/Behavior Codes – Regulation IKF-R, “Graduation Requirements”


  • All CMS conduct rules are enforced for graduation. Many principals also have student dress rules for graduating seniors that are specific to their school. Students who do not follow these rules may be prohibited from participating in graduation exercises.

Graduation Attire for Graduates

  • Any graduating senior who intends to participate in the commencement ceremony must wear the following graduation outfit in order to participate in the ceremony:


  1. Cap (Ardrey Kell color scheme)

  2. Gown (Ardrey Kell color scheme)

  3. 2017 tassel (Ardrey Kell color scheme)

  4. Ardrey Kell Medallion (Distributed by homeroom teacher at graduation)

  • Price of the cap & gown package is $46.06, which includes $3.11 tax.  The costs associated with these items will continue to rise as graduation approaches.

  • If your student is using a cap & count from an older sibling or friend who has already graduated from Ardrey Kell, you will still need to purchase a 2017 Ardrey Kell tassel and medallion.  The cost of these items is $23.00.  Orders can be completed online and verified through the local Herff Jones office.



Point of Contact: Lynn Rigsbee

Graduation Specialties/Herff Jones Co.

7316-D Wallace Road

Charlotte, NC 28212


704-531-0040 – Fax


Please contact Mr. Knoblich, Career Development Coordinator, with any questions or concerns.


How may tickets will my family receive for the graduation ceremony?

a: Tickets are not required for admittance to the graduation ceremony.  Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.  Doors will open one hour in advance of the ceremony. Friends and families of graduates are encouraged to plan their arrival time accordingly.

What color honor cord does my student need?

a: The only cords approved for use during commencement exercises are as follows:


Knights In Action Community Service - Purple & White Swirl
National English Honor Society - Deep Blue & Vibrant Gold
National French Honor Society - Blue, White & Red
National Honor Society - Gold
National Math Honor Society -Blue & Gold
National Music Honor Society - Light Pink
National Social Studies Honor Society - Blue & White
National Spanish Honor Society - Red & Gold
National Technical Honor Society - Purple & White

How can my student order their honor cord?

a: Each organization will have its own method for order and payment processing.  Your student should contact the advisor for the respective organization in which your student is a member to determine the specific order and payment protocol.

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