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Ceremony FAQ

The annual awards ceremony will be held Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Friday, November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Location: will be announced in June 2019.

Not at this time.

There is no registration fee for the ceremony. However, costs of travel, lodging, and most meals are the responsibility of the school.

Due to our limited budget for this year’s awards ceremony, it is not possible to increase the number of school representatives beyond the number of representatives outlined below.

Each school may be represented by the building principal and one teacher (or staff member) at the ceremony. If the principal at the time of the school’s nomination for the award (i.e., the principal at the time of nomination/application) is no longer the current principal, then the principal at the time of nomination is also invited.  School District superintendents will receive a separate invitation and will be included as part of the official school representatives if they choose to attend the ceremony.  The maximum number of representatives for each school will be either three representatives (Principal, Teacher/Staff and Superintendent) or four representatives (Principal, Principal at time of nomination, Teacher/Staff and Superintendent).

The principal is responsible for registering all representatives. Registration is not open yet.

A block of rooms at the Ceremony location will be held at the government rate plus tax for a single room. More information will be coming. However, please do not purchase non-refundable airline tickets until you are certain about your school’s status.

School representatives are advised to book travel home after 5:30 pm on Friday.

There is no registration fee for the ceremony, but the costs of travel and lodging are the school’s responsibility. More information will be coming.

In addition to presentations, networking, and small group discussions, awardees will attend a special awards luncheon. Following the luncheon, school representatives will go onstage, school by school, to be greeted by Program Director Aba Kumi and receive the National Blue Ribbon School flag and an engraved plaque as symbols of their success. A ceremony agenda will be sent out prior to the event.

Contact NBRS or Aba Kumi, Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program at: or Phone: (202) 401-1767

School supporters and family may attend breakout sessions however there are no accommodations for attending or watching the awards ceremony.

The event is not formal; wear what you would normally wear to school.

The agenda for the Ceremony is very full. If you can extend your stay there is much to see and do in our beautiful city. To find out about events, access Destination DC, Washington, DC’s travel and tourism site: at, the Washington Post site: at, or the Washington Times site: at The Washingtonian Magazine at: also includes a best restaurant guide.

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