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The Class of 2023 Graduation Commencement Ceremony


Where: Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU

When: Sunday, May 14, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM

Tickets - No Tickets Needed - Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open at 4:00 for the general public. 



Senior Information - Day of Graduation



Graduation Practice is MANDATORY.

When: TBD

Where: Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU

When: TBD

** Parking is at the student's expense. It's important for each student to be on time. 


Students will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony without attending the entire practice.


Graduation will begin at 7:00 PM, Sunday, May 14th.
Line-up will begin at 6:00.
Attendance and Dress Code will be checked at 6:30.
Do Not Be Late! Be early!
We must close the line at 6:45 for the program to begin on time.

Graduation Dress Code:

  • Boys – white shirt, with collar (long or short sleeve), tie, nice dress pants, nice shoes, no white socks
  • Girls – dress or skirts, or nice dress pants, shoes (any color). Be careful of high heels.
  • Graduation Caps – No writing or decoration will be allowed.
  • Gowns – No writing or decoration will be allowed.
  • Prohibited Attire: Jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, crocs, flip flops
  • If you need help with the dress code, please see your Assistant Principal or English Teacher


  • Order Delivery - Jostens will deliver during lunch to distribute announcements and invitations as well as caps & gowns.
  • Payments - If you owe a balance, you need to pay Jostens. You must pay with cash, money order, or cashier’s check. No personal checks will be accepted
  • Cap & Gown - If there is a size problem, try to swap with someone or see Mr. Vaden in room CN-9. The gowns will be wrinkled from the packaging and should be pressed with a warm (not hot) steam iron. Do not put this off and forget it or you will not look your best at graduation
  • If you have questions, contact Jostens at 1-931-684-6717
  • If you have not placed an order, please see Mr. Rivas in BN9. 



Graduation Ceremony Requirements

  • Meet the academic requirements for graduation
  • Meet the attendance policy for RHS
    • Students must meet the Senior Attendance Policy in order to be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. This requirement is met when a Senior has ten (10) or fewer unexcused absences from school (Second Semester Senior year). For questions concerning attendance, students should speak to his/her Assistant Principal. 
  • Students must order a cap, gown, tassel, diploma, and diploma cover from Jostens. Click here to order:  JOSTENS 
  • Contact: Chad Bone/Jostens Representative- [email protected] 931-684-6717 M-F 8:30 - 4:30
  • Students must participate in the graduation practice and must stay for the entire practice.



If a student does NOT meet the Senior Attendance Policy requirements, how does s/he receive her/his diploma?

Students who have more than ten (10) unexcused absences from school during their Second Semester Senior year, will be able to pick up their diplomas in the counseling office as early as the school day following the graduation ceremony, as long as all other graduation requirements are met.


May I purchase a cap and gown from a company other than Jostens?

No. Jostens is the company that Riverdale High School works with for graduation regalia, and a Senior participating in the ceremony MUST purchase their cap and gown from them.


What is the cost of the cap and gown, tassel, diploma, and diploma cover (the basic items REQUIRED for the ceremony)?

The cost of the basic package is now $97.00.


Murphy Center:

Are there special seating areas for the handicapped and those in wheelchairs?

Murphy Center is ADA-compliant. For those with family members who may need ADA accommodations, there is an entrance on the northwest side of Murphy Center. From the Greenland Drive parking lot, please proceed down the right-hand sidewalk (between the Murphy Center and the tennis courts). Once inside, turn left at the first hallway and travel to the end. On the left-hand wall (around a small corner), there is an elevator that will take you to the seating area. In front of the main seats, there are a number of aluminum platforms for you or your family members. We do ask that you avoid having the entire family sit in these areas, as they are reserved for wheelchairs. Families may choose to sit in front of these areas, or behind them in the wooden bleachers.


May parents and family members come on the floor before, during, or after the ceremony to take pictures?

No. Parents should ONLY use the upper-level doors and should NOT enter below with students.


Are there items/behaviors that MTSU does NOT permit in the Murphy Center?

Yes. Balloons, aerosol ("Silly") string, and air horns are NOT permitted in Murphy Center.

Additionally, MTSU is a smoking-free campus, therefore, there is to be no smoking in or around the building.


What special regalia items may be worn at graduation?


Only RIVERDALE-approved regalia may be worn at graduation. This includes the following:


Graduate with Distinction - red stole (purchased from Jostens in May by student/parent)


Graduate with Honors - platinum cord (purchased from Jostens in May by student/parent)

Work Ethic Distinction Graduate - green cord (purchased from Jostens in May by student/parent)

Valedictorian Medallion - provided by RHS

Students are NOT permitted to wear regalia that may have been awarded from an outside society, company, or "club". This includes groups like the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)