Graduation Information

The Buffalo Grove High School Commencement Ceremony will be held in the gymnasium on Sunday, June 5th at 1:00 p.m. Gymnasium doors open at 12:00 noon. All graduates should report to the field house no later than 12:30 p.m. Parking will be very challenging, so please make arrangements to drop off graduates if possible. Graduation rehearsal will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3rd, in the BGHS gymnasium. All students must attend this graduation rehearsal. Every student must cooperate and follow the directions and procedures during this rehearsal. Caps/gowns and tickets for the graduation ceremony will be distributed after rehearsal in the field house. Any student who does not attend the rehearsal or comply with directions may be excluded from the graduation ceremony.


Each family will receive 4 tickets for the graduation ceremony. Families with multiple graduating students will receive multiple sets of tickets. There will be space in the theater and cafeteria for additional family members to watch the ceremony on closed circuit television. Tickets are limited due to fire restrictions in the school gymnasium. There are no additional tickets available. Please do not call the school asking for more tickets.

General Behavior

All school rules and policies will be observed and enforced. This includes, but not limited to the defiance of authority, disruptive behavior, and the use or possession of alcohol or drugs. The possession or use of any object that would disrupt the graduation rehearsal or ceremony or cause injury to anyone will cause the student to be removed. This is for the protection and safety of everyone.

Student Dress

Students must come properly dressed to the graduation rehearsal and ceremony. Please observe the following dress code:

The traditional dress for academic graduation is the cap and gown. We ask that the cap and gown not be altered in anyway. Honor cords and senior award medallions may be worn over the gowns. No jewelry, flowers, scarves, or other ornaments may be displayed on the cap and gown. The standard issue BGHS tassel or the National Honor Society tassel will be the only tassels allowed.

Appropriate attire under the cap and gown is required. Jeans, shorts, athletic wear, sport shoes, and rubber flip flops are not appropriate.

Your personal items such as coats, purses, cameras cannot be carried during the ceremony. Storage for these items will not be available. Students should have their parents keep them for them during the ceremony.

Graduation Pictures

For your convenience, we have made arrangements with Grad-Images for a professional photographer to record the moment graduates are awarded their diploma. You will receive a passport-size, full color proof in the mail approximately one week after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase, and you will have the option of ordering several enlargement packages at very reasonable prices. This service will enable all students to have a photograph of their graduation. Family members and friends are encouraged to remain in their seats and enjoy the ceremony. Personal picture taking can be done prior to or after the convocation. Grad-Images guarantees complete satisfaction with your photograph or you will receive a full refund with no questions asked.

Grad Images Flyer

Graduation Photography Preregistration: visit and click on Pre-Event Email Registration.

GradTrak® by Graduation Images has an exciting offer for graduates. They are offering students a $5 discount on any photo order over $25 when they register their email address prior to graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions Questions

Questions & Answers

How many graduation tickets will I get? Can I get more?

Due to seating limitations in the school gymnasium, there are only 4 tickets available per graduating student. Tickets are given to the graduates during the rehearsal on June 3, provided the student does not have outstanding financial obligations. There are no additional tickets available, please do not call the school asking for more. 

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Do I need tickets to view the graduation by video in the cafeteria or theater?

Each family can bring 2 additional guests to watch the ceremony on closed circuit television in the Theater or Cafeteria. Tickets are not required to watch the video.

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When do the doors open?

The gymnasium doors open at 12:00 noon

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Can we bring balloons?

No balloons will not be allowed in the gymnasium during the ceremony. Please keep them in your car for after the ceremony.

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Where is parking? Is there handicap parking?

Attendants will be on duty to assist in parking in the student parking lot. The parking lot can be accessed from Arlington Heights Road or Dundee Road. There will be no open parking in front of the building. Attendants will assist with handicapped parking in the bus lanes located very close to the entrance to the gymnasium. Only vehicles with an official Handicapped Parking Tag will be permitted to park in this area.

Overflow parking for graduation will be at Longfellow Elementary School located at 501 South Arlington Heights Road.  We have NOT received permission for any overflow parking at any of the strip malls near the high school.  If you park there, you will be parking at your own risk and may be subject to being towed.

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Is there special seating for the handicapped?

How many family members can sit with them?
The first row of bleachers and one row of chairs in front of the bleachers is designated for handicapped individuals on the balcony side of the gym. There will be a staff member inside of the gym assisting with handicap seating. There is only enough room for one family member to sit with the handicapped individual in the designated handicapped area.

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Can I get up and take pictures as my child walks across the stage?

GradTrak® by Graduation Images has been contracted to take pictures of every graduate as they walk across the stage. They will contact every family with the opportunity to purchase copies of the photographs.

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Will I be able to purchase a copy of the video from the ceremony?

Zaker Video will be professionally video taping the Buffalo Grove High School Graduation Ceremony.  This commemorative DVD will allow you to relive this special day for years to come!  The entire ceremony will be recorded, and each graduate will be shown receiving a diploma.

Orders can be placed online now at

If you prefer to mail a check or money order, please e-mail us We will be happy to e-mail a form to you that you can print out and mail back to us.

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How long does the ceremony last?

The ceremony usually lasts 60 - 70 minutes.

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Is there a dress code for the graduates?

Yes, see student dress section listed above.

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Is there a reception in the school after the ceremony?

No, families typically have preferred private family ceremonies off site.

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What time do the Graduates have to be there?

Graduates have to be in the Field House no later than 12:30 p.m.

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Where do we get our tickets?

Tickets are given to the graduates at the graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 3, provided all financial obligations have been met.

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When do graduates get their cap and gown?

Caps and Gowns are distributed in the cafeteria on Wednesday, May 25, during lunch hours.


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