• April 2019  - Updated May 9, 2019 with Parking Information 

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    Dear Senior Parent or Guardian and Student,


    As we approach the end of the school year, please use this important information to prepare for upcoming events.

    JOSTENS ANNOUNCEMENTS: May 14th, Main lobby of High School, 12:00PM - 2:00PM. Seniors who ordered announcements, pictures frames, and/or other add-ons (not cap and gown) pick these items up at this time. Any items not picked up will be held in the main office

    CLASS DAY PRACTICE: May 21nd, RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 2:15PM. Seniors report to the auditorium at this time for further instruction. The SENIOR CLASS PHOTO will be taken in the Bryson Gym immediately after Class Day Practice.

    CLASS DAY: May 22nd, RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 10:00AM - 12:00PM. This event is for seniors to showcase their years at RJ Reynolds and their talent for family, friends, and faculty. During this time, the senior class will be presented to the faculty, administration. Awards and merit/athletic scholarships will also be announced, followed by a student program. Seats will be available on the ground floor of the auditorium for parents and family. Ninth graders will remain in their homerooms for the duration of the presentation. Ninth graders with senior siblings should bring a note to their homeroom teacher excusing them from homeroom to attend the program.

    CAP AND GOWN DISTRIBUTION: May 22nd, Homeroom. Caps and gowns will be distributed in HOMEROOM immediately after the Class Day presentation; Seniors should go back to their homerooms to pick up their caps and gowns. Senior Homeroom Teachers will distribute caps and gowns before and after school until May 24th. After May 24th, students should go to the main office to pick up their caps and gowns.


    SENIOR PICNIC: May 22nd, Bolton Park.  ONLY RJR seniors may attend the picnic. Anyone else, including children and family members, will be turned away. Seniors must have paid their dues in order to attend the picnic. Any senior not in attendance will be expected to report to their afternoon classes. Attendance will be taken at the picnic. A bus will be available for students in need of transportation.


    GRADUATION PRACTICE: June 7th, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 11:00AM. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY! Any student who is late or absent from practice will NOT be allowed to participate in the graduation exercises (no exceptions). Because graduation practice is a school function, any student not following the Student Code of Conduct/Dress Code will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. RJ Reynolds High School will provide transportation to graduation practice for students with no other available transportation. Students should park in the Mountain Dew/Pepsi lots.


    GRADUATION: June 8th, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 5:00PM. ***In order to respect our graduates and their time, please refrain from shouting during/after a graduate’s name is called. Excessive noise slows down the ceremony and prevents graduates from attending their graduation parties/other events.*** Seniors are to report backstage by 4:00PM. No graduate will be added to the line-up after 4:15PM. Travel time(s) will be slower due to graduation traffic, please plan accordingly. General admission is at the main entrance only. Tickets are not required. RJ Reynolds High School will not provide transportation to graduation. Please encourage all attendees to help us maintain a dignified celebration.

    ENTRANCE/PARKING: This year, students and parents will park in the Sierra Mist lot. Use Deacon Blvd. to enter the parking lot. If possible, use Silas Creek Parkway to University Parkway southbound. Once the parking lot is full, guests will be directed to park across the street in the football lots next to BB&T Field. There is a tunnel underneath Deacon Blvd. that guests can utilize to safely cross and not impede traffic on Deacon Blvd. Coliseum Staff and Law Enforcement will be in the parking lots to assist with traffic.

    Click here for a PDF --> Parking Map of Joel Coliseum

    DRESS CODE for Class Day and Graduation: Because this is a school function, students are expected to follow the school dress code at all times. Failure to follow the dress code will result in a student being pulled from the line-up.

    • Ladies: Spring dresses, dark dress slacks/pants, dress shoes in neutral colors (black, brown, tan, silver, gold and white). Neon colors are not neutral. Dresses should have sleeves and straps. No boots, casual sandals (such as Birkenstocks or Chocos), or tennis/athletic shoes of any kind are permitted.
    • Gentlemen: White collared shirts with ties, dark dress slacks/pants, black or brown dress No boots, sandals, or tennis/athletic of any kind are permitted.
    • At this time, the only cords/sashes/stoles that RJ Reynolds recognizes are: National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, French Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, and approved Military cords/sashes. All other cords/sashes/stoles/pins/ are not allowed to be worn at graduation. Students may only wear approved cords/sashes/stoles.
      • No chewing gum, sunglasses, decorated graduation regalia, or any other distracting items are permitted. These will be confiscated.
      • For safety reasons, it is recommended that all shoes should have a strap or covered heel.

             If you need assistance with securing proper attire, please see Ms. Whitehead in Student Services by May 10th, 2019. Failure to follow this Dress Code will result in the student being pulled from the line-up.  Any problem with a cap or gown must be     reported to Ms. Torres in the main office by June 3st.

    SENIOR FEES/DEBTS: Senior fees help to defray the cost of the Senior Picnic, Class Day, Graduation, cap and gown purchases, diploma covers, tassels, and the printing of diplomas. Any student who does not pay the $45 senior fee or has any outstanding debt will not receive their cap and gown on the initial pick-up date (May 22). Fees/debts MUST be paid to Ms. Whitley in the main office by the end of lunch on June 3rd. Ms. Whitley will only collect debt money/senior fees in the mornings, during lunch, and during the Career Center travel period before 2:00 PM. Students are encouraged to clear their debts/senior fees/potential failures after May 22nd, but caps and gowns will not be available to these students until May 24th. Debts accrued after May 22nd must be cleared no later than June 3rd. Failure to pay any debts will result in a student’s inability to participate in graduation exercises. NO FEES/DEBTS WILL BE CLEARED ON MAY 22RD OR DURING CLASS TIME. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    FAILURE CARDS: Staff will hold caps and gowns of any senior for whom a senior failure card has been completed. Caps and gowns will be released to those seniors only after receiving written proof from a counselor that all academic deficiencies have been satisfied or that the student will satisfactorily complete their course(s). NO POTENTIAL FAILURES WILL BE CLEARED ON MAY 22RD OR DURING CLASS TIME. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Coliseum and Fire Marshall Regulations:

    • Bags will be checked upon entering the coliseum.
    • No family members or friends are allowed on the Coliseum floor.
    • No seats may be reserved for late arrivals. Seating is first come, first served.
    • Prohibited items include the following:
      • water bottles
      • wrapped gifts
      • umbrellas
      • outside food or drinks
      • helium balloons
      • noise makers
      • air horns
      • oversized bags
      • signs
      • confetti
      • weapons of any sort, regardless of permits

    Students and parents will have assigned parking lots at graduation practice and commencement. This information will be given at the class day practice, via REMIND, and indicated on the senior information website. The entire faculty and staff are working diligently to provide a secure, orderly, and enjoyable academic exercise for your senior. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-336-703-4145.


    RJR Administration and Graduation Staff                


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