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Riverdale High School 2024

Graduation Information




Where: Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU

When: Friday, May 17th

Time: 7:00 pm

Tickets - No Tickets Needed - Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 



Graduation Practice is MANDATORY.

When: Friday, May 17th 

Where: Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU

When: 8:00 am - 11:00 am 

** 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 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, hey dudes, or any other trendy casual shoe, including Jordan's & Nikes. 
  • If you need help with the dress code, please see your Assistant Principal or English Teacher.

Cap and Gown Orders: Josh Houston Company

We are now using a different company to supply your graduation items this year. The cap and gowns you will be wearing this year will be different, so you will not be able to use a sibling’s gown from a previous year.  Information cards for ordering containing QR codes were given to all students to direct them straight to the order location on their website.  That information can be accessed directly by going to their website:

All graduates must order a cap and gown through the Josh Houston Company. You can order by visiting their website: and clicking on Riverdale.

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Contact: Coach Rivas - [email protected]

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 their assistant principal. 
  • Students must attend graduation practice. 
  • Students must order and have an RHS graduation cap and gown. 


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

Students with 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 Josh Houston? 

No. This 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 around $80.00. 


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 on 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 Counseling in May by student/parent)


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

Work Ethic Distinction Graduate - green cord (purchased through counseling 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)