News Release: FSPS Sets Cap and Gown Distribution Dates for Seniors

For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2020

Contact: Christina Williams, Coordinator of Public Information

FSPS Sets Cap and Gown Distribution Dates for Seniors
Fort Smith, AR, May 1, 2020 – Fort Smith Public Schools has set cap and gown distribution dates
for Northside and Southside High School Class of 2020 Seniors. Seniors will be able to pick up
caps and gowns on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14. Due to construction at both
high schools, pick-up will occur at the Jenny Lind entrance of Ramsey Junior High, 3201 Jenny
Lind Road. Graduating seniors will be invited to drive by at a scheduled time according to their
last name. School principals will provide students further details, including their scheduled
pick-up time.

Production plant shutdowns during the COVID-19 crisis have delayed the delivery of some
graduation items, diplomas and diploma covers. Because of this delay, graduation regalia
including cords and stoles will not be distributed until the day of graduation. Seniors who
cannot participate in a late graduation because of other commitments should contact their
school counselor to make arrangements for pick-up. Final transcripts for all seniors will be
available upon request through Naviance after May 15.

Seniors Returning Chromebooks

FSPS Information Technology staff will be present to receive each senior’s district-issued
Chromebook device, Chromebook adapter, and FSPS bag before the cap and gown pick-up.

Seniors Returning Instruments

Graduating seniors should also turn in their school-issued instrument(s) on May 13 and 14.
Band and orchestra personnel will be available at Northside and Southside to receive these
instruments before the student’s scheduled cap/gown pick-up time. Band and orchestra
instructions will provide senior students with a verification form that documents the receipt of
the instrument. This verification will be required to pick up a cap and gown on the scheduled

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