Graduation Spotlight

To access the Cobb County School District website page on ALL Graduations, please visit https://www.cobbk12.org/page/6862/graduation-commencement-info.

Commencement Information and Schedule of Activities

Friday, May 27, 2022, 9:00 AM

Buccaneer Stadium

Allatoona High School

It is important that you and your family review the following information carefully.

Location of Venue

Buccaneer Stadium is located on the campus of Allatoona High School at 3300 Dallas-Acworth Hwy NW, Acworth, Georgia 30101


Senior Clearance

  • All fees for lost or damaged textbooks, media materials, parking, classroom instructional equipment, uniforms, or any other materials owed to the school must be cleared by 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 25. 
  • Payments for financial obligations must be made in cash, cashier’s check, or money order and taken to the appropriate sponsor or bookkeeper, Maria Surrat, in Admin 1 prior to May 25. No personal checks will be accepted.
  • All students must be cleared of fines. Students with outstanding fees will be prohibited from participating in the ceremony.

Final Exams

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022……Periods 3, 4
  • Friday, May 20, 2022………..Periods 1, 2
  • These are regular school days and exams will be given during the regularly scheduled class time. All seniors are expected to follow their teacher’s guidelines for final exams.

Commencement Practices

    • Wednesday, May 25, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Allatoona High School auditorium
    • Thursday, May 26, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Buccaneer Stadium

Caps and Gowns

  • Herff Jones will distribute caps and gowns on March 8 in room 1406 during all lunches. If you are absent on the pickup day, you may collect your products in Admin 1 beginning on March 9. 
  • To participate in the ceremony, each student must have a red gown purchased after 2019, and a matching mortarboard and tassel. These items should have been ordered already.
  • If you have questions concerning the items you have ordered, call Herff Jones directly at (770) 795-1626.
  • Remove your gown from the packaging prior to commencement and hang it up so the wrinkles will fall out. Use a cool iron to press, if necessary. Do not hem your gown.

Commencement Attire

The following dress for graduates is expected for student participation in the ceremony:

  • Gentleman
    • Black pants, black dress shoes, and black socks  
    • White collared dress shirt and a dark tie
  • Ladies
    • Black shoes of a reasonable height
    • Small jewelry
    • Solid color dress that is shorter than the gown 
  • No flip-flops, tennis shoes, house shoes, slippers, or spike heels will be permitted. Shoes with white soles will not be permitted. 
  • Caps and gowns must be worn by graduating seniors. 
  • Flowers and large pieces of jewelry are not appropriate with commencement gowns. There should be no ornamentation added to the cap and gown other than honor cords and stoles provided by the school.
  • 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 the cap in place. Tassels are to be worn on the RIGHT side of the mortarboard during the ceremony. 
  • Only medals and cords awarded by the school will be worn. Honor Societies will give cords and/or stoles directly to students. Cords for honor graduates and community service medals will be given to students on Wednesday, May 26.
  • Seniors who have enlisted in a branch of the United States Armed Forces will be allowed to wear a military sash or button/pin designating the enlisted branch. The sash or button/pin must be provided by the specific branch of service.

Day of Commencement

  • Friday, May 27, 9:00 AM – Buccaneer Stadium at Allatoona High School
  • Students need to arrive at Allatoona High School and park in the student parking lot behind the band tower. You will enter the building by the cafeteria and report to the English hallway to meet your homeroom advisors and prepare for the ceremony.
  • Stadium gates will open at 8:00 AM (60 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony) for guests that need special assistance. Gates will open at 8:15 AM for general admission. Tickets are required for all people entering, regardless of age. (Note: Children and babies do need a ticket. Strollers are discouraged.) Balloons and signs are not permitted in the venue. 
  • Following the ceremony, graduates will immediately proceed to the front of the school for cap toss and then to the auxiliary gymnasium to pick up their personal belongings and their diploma.

Conduct of Graduates and Guests

  • Behavior at the ceremony and practices must be exemplary. Restitution for any damage to the venue or district property will be the responsibility of the graduate or guest who causes said damage.
  • Commencement is an optional, dignified, solemn ceremony designed to honor all graduates in the Class of 2022. No individual has the right to disrupt this event.
  • Any seniors causing a disturbance or in any way conducting themselves inappropriately during the ceremony will be removed and will not receive their diploma on the day of commencement.
  • All policies, rules, and regulations of Cobb County School District and Allatoona High School will be enforced during the rehearsals and ceremony.
  • We ask the cooperation of all who attend commencement to make this a dignified ceremony. Please refrain from inappropriate noise that might detract from the dignity of the ceremony. 
  • All CCSD (Cobb County School District) venues are tobacco free, whether inside or outside. This includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes, and electronic nicotine delivery systems.

Commencement Entry


  • Tickets:
    • All guests attending commencement, including babies and small children, will need a ticket to enter the venue.
    • Each senior must submit a ticket request for the number of guest tickets that he or she would like to receive. Requests for guest tickets MUST be made online by accessing the Microsoft Forms at https://bit.ly/ahstickets22 by noon on Thursday, April 14. 
    • Requests will be evaluated so that each senior will receive the greatest number of tickets possible; however, seniors may NOT receive all the tickets that they request.
    • Notification of ticket allocation will be distributed in homeroom on Wednesday, April 27. Students that do not have a homeroom at Allatoona can stop by the School Counseling Office to pick up their ticket notification.
    • Graduates will receive their tickets at the conclusion of practice on May 26.
    • Tickets will not be provided to students who do not participate in the ceremony.
  • Parking:
    • A limited number parking spaces will be available in the lot adjacent to the gymnasium for those guests who need special assistance. Previous notification of accessibility parking is required for all who do not have an accessibility tag.
    • Guests may park in the available spaces on either side of the campus. The faculty and staff will be on hand to help assist with parking that morning. 
  • Bag Check:
    • The CCSD Police Department will provide officers for inside and outside security. Bag checks may be conducted by the CCSD Police Department as warranted. Please do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected. Also, please allow extra time for entry as there may be delays.
    • If packages are gift-wrapped, public safety personnel must remove the wrapping paper for inspection.
    • Balloons, posters, selfie sticks, and camera tripods or monopods are not permitted in Buccaneer Stadium. In addition, any object which obscures the view of others or impacts the safety of others is not allowed in the venue. A complete list of prohibited items is available at www.cobbk12.org/graduation

Diploma Distribution

  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will recess out of the stadium and report to the anchor in front of the school for the ceremonial cap toss. At the conclusion of the cap toss, students will report to the auxiliary gymnasium.
  • Students will meet their homeroom advisor or designee in the auxiliary gymnasium to pick up personal belongings as well as their diploma. Students who are not participating in the graduation ceremony will be able to pick up their diploma from the counseling office during counseling hours over the summer. 

Commencement Photos

  • Guests are to remain in their seats throughout the commencement ceremony. Only hand-held cameras that do not block the view of other guests may be used.
  • Guests may not walk into the aisles to take photographs.
  • We have arranged for Cady Studios to take an individual photograph of each graduate. Cady Studios will mail each graduate a proof of this photo and ordering information.

Additional Information

  • Students are identified as honor graduates if they have a minimum, unrounded 3.500 GPA (Grade Point Average).
  • Graduates offered scholarships should bring the scholarship letters to the School Counseling Office as they are received. 
  • To be considered for a community service medal, all hours must be turned in to Mrs. Harmon in the front office by Friday, May 6.
  • The School Counseling Office will be closed Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24, so counselors can verify the graduation status for all seniors. One of the counselors will contact you if there are any problems with your grades.
  • Final report cards will be available in StudentVUE by Tuesday, May 31. You will need to request a final transcript for your college. Final transcripts are NOT mailed automatically. You must request that one be sent through the Senior Survey in NAVIANCE. Stop by the counseling office for additional information or if you have questions. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact: Amie Howard (Graduation Administrator) at Amie.Howard@cobbk12.org or Dawn Neely (School Graduation Counselor) at Dawn.Neely@cobbk12.org.

Congratulations and enjoy the remainder of your senior year!


Class of 2022 


March 5PromAtlanta Zoo (old Cyclorama)-Tickets on sale February 10-28. Non Allatoona students must have permission form filled out to attend.
March 8Cap and Gown DistributionDuring all lunches in room 1406 off the cafeteria.
April 12Senior Movie MeetingNCG Cinemas-Buc Pass holders only. Concessions can be purchased via MyPaymentsPlus (Thursday, March 31st is last day to turn in permission slips and purchase concessions)
Movie is The Batman
April 28Senior Picnic3rd block on lower practice fields.  Buc Pass holders only
May 6

Community Service Forms Due  

Turn in to Mrs. Harmon in the Front Office

Community Service hours are NOT required to graduate. Those who participated in community service related to Allatoona or one of our feeder schools are eligible for a medal. Forms should have already been filled out and signed prior to turning in.

150 Hrs.=Gold 100 Hrs.=Silver 50 Hrs.=Bronze

May 6College acceptance letters and scholarship award letters dueTurn in to the counseling office prior to this date.
May 13

Senior Letters Due 

Via mail or dropped off in person

Students will receive their letters at Starlight Senior Night event on May 20.
May 18

Yearbook Distribution

Seniors will receive their yearbooks during the Yearbook Party fourth block.
May 19

Senior Exams

1st block review - 2nd block Senior Meeting at 10:00 AM

3rd -4th block exams

They are expected to follow the regular bell schedule and take finals in 3rd and 4th block classes. 

This is a full school day! 

May 20

Senior Exams

1st – 2nd block exams

No 3rd and 4th block this day. ½ day only

Students are expected to leave campus immediately following their exams.

May 20

Starlight Senior Night on the Green

Buccaneer Stadium

This event is ONLY for seniors! -Buc Pass free. Everyone else $25

May 22Baccalaureate-hosted by Allatoona PTSA

Cedarcrest Church

Not mandatory

May 24Senior Walks @ Elementary SchoolsPickett’s Mill, Lewis, and Frey Elementary Schools only. More information will be given later.
May 25Senior Check-out and mandatory graduation practice9:00 am in front of school. All senior fines, fees, and required documents must be resolved prior to this date. Checkout must occur for students to receive graduation tickets, chords, etc. Park behind home stands at stadium.
May 26Mandatory Graduation PracticeStadium; 9:00 am; park behind home stands at stadium.
May 27


Students arrive at 7:30 am. Must be in proper graduation attire to participate. Students who are late will not be allowed to walk.

For additional information and updates, please check our commencement link on the school web site: https://web.cobbk12.org/allatoona/page/578/graduation

TICKET REQUESTS for AHS Commencement Ceremony 5/27/2022

Please have one (1) member from each family complete the ticket request form online. DEADLINE: NOON, Thursday, April 14. Everyone must submit a request for tickets. If your request is received after noon on April 14, you will only receive four (4) tickets, unless additional tickets become available.


  • Parents will request the number of tickets they would like to receive for the ceremony. 
    • I will do my best to accommodate requests, within reason. We do this to maximize the number of tickets we can distribute. In previous years, the average number of tickets for the stadium has been about 10 per student, depending on the total number of requests and final number of graduates. 
  • Ticket requests will be evaluated so that each family will receive the greatest number of tickets possible. 
  • Please keep in mind that families MAY NOT receive all the tickets requested.
  • All guests attending commencement, including babies and small children, will need a ticket to enter the venue.


  • Seniors will be notified of the number of tickets they will actually receive in homeroom on April 27. 
  • If they do not have a homeroom, the notification form will be left in the Counseling Office for them to pick up. We will not email this information. 


  • NOTE: If you have more than one child, please submit a ticket request for each child and split your total number of tickets requested amongst them. 
  • Open a browser and type the following URL in the address bar, not the search bar. Please read each question 
  • carefully and submit the document by the deadline.
  • You will NOT be allowed to increase the number of tickets you requested after the April 14 deadline. If you need to increase your ticket request prior to that date, please contact Ms. Neely directly. DO NOT complete another online ticket request. 

URL: https://bit.ly/ahstickets22 or Scan QR code: Graduation Ticket Request QR Code.png


  • Tickets will be distributed to graduates at the end of graduation practice on Thursday, May 26, 2022. 
  • Tickets will not be distributed early and will only be distributed to the graduate for whom they are assigned. 


  • If we have extra tickets, we will hold a lottery drawing. The lottery drawing will take place after the final graduation practice on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Please note extra tickets are not guaranteed. The number of extra tickets available varies each year.
  • If you find that you DO NOT need all the tickets you requested, please email Ms. Neely at dawn.neely@cobbk12.org ASAP so those tickets can be added to the lottery. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER (Allatoona Gymnasium)

  • Each graduate will be given 4 tickets and we will NOT hold a lottery drawing. The ceremony will also be streamed online for anyone that cannot attend in person; more information will be sent later. 

Questions: Contact Dawn Neely at dawn.neely@cobbk12.org 

A PDF of this announcement is available in the Resources section below.