UPDATE – 5/17 3:55 p.m.: Oak Ridge High School Graduation will proceed as scheduled tonight! The gates will open at Blankenship Field at 6 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. The radar looks favorable, however, we encourage you to dress accordingly should the weather shift. We look forward to celebrating our graduates with you tonight!


Oak Ridge High School Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2024 at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. at Blankenship Field. With inclement weather in the forecast, we have updated our contingency plan and communication process to ensure the safety and timely notification of our families and the Oak Ridge Community.

The decision of whether to postpone the graduation ceremony will be made by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17. That announcement will be made via text, phone call and email to all high school families through the district’s Skylert platform. The announcement will also be posted to the district’s social media pages, website and shared as an email announcement to local media outlets.  This webpage will be updated with all the most recent updates regarding the 2023-24 graduation ceremony.

As always, should Friday’s graduation be cancelled due to weather, the ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Blankenship Field. Understanding that the current weather forecast for Saturday is not favorable, and to ensure an opportunity for as many loved ones and community members to attend as possible, Oak Ridge Schools has added Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at Blankenship Field as an additional rain date for the graduation ceremony.

The district will make every effort to hold the ceremony outside, as moving to our indoor location at Wildcat Arena significantly reduces capacity and would require limited ticketing of attendees. With that said, should the ceremony be forced indoors, an announcement would be made following the same process listed above, no later than 7 a.m. Sunday, May 19. The indoor ceremony would take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, and tickets would be required. No tickets are required for outdoor ceremonies.

Graduation celebration will take place on Friday, May 17, rain or shine. Graduating seniors should report to the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 10 p.m. and board the buses to Main Event at 11:30.

The graduation ceremony will be live streamed on Wildcat TV – to view, visit www.ortn.edu/wcat.


Contingency Plan:

  • Option 1: Outdoor – 7 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2024, Blankenship Field
  • Option 2: Outdoor – 7 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2024, Blankenship Field
  • Option 3: Outdoor – 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2024, Blankenship Field
  • Option 4: Indoor – 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2024, Wildcat Arena

Communication Channels:

  • Skylert text, email and phone call to all High School families
  • Oak Ridge Schools Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Oak Ridge Schools Website
  • Local Media
  • Oak Ridge Schools Digital Signage