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Ceremony FAQs

You can preview an overview of the agenda here.

We suggest semi-formal or any attire worn for school functions (i.e., suits, dresses, slacks, skirts, etc.).

Yes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and variants, we will be following all Centers for Disease Control, state, and locality safety protocols to minimize the spread during the in-person awards ceremony. Some of the measures that will be followed include mask-wearing during all indoor activities and social distancing to the extent possible. Please visit Ceremony Protocols for more information.

The annual awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 4th and Friday, November 5th at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Activities will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. on November 4th and conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m. November 5th.

All ceremony activities will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. We are holding a block of rooms at a special discounted rate of $188 a night plus applicable state and local taxes. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging costs. Reservations should be made by Wednesday, October 13, 2021, through our personalized website at

Each awardee school is permitted to send two (2) individuals to represent their school at the awards ceremony, plus the District Superintendent who will be invited separately. In the event the principal at the time of the school’s nomination and application is no longer the principal this school year, then the principal at the time of nomination is also invited to attend. Each school can decide who they want to represent their school. Some examples are school principal, principal at time of nomination (if different from current principal), teacher or staff, and/or school board member.

Principals are responsible for registering all of their school’s attendees using their unique school identifier through the registration form. Registration must be completed by October 22, 2021. After the principal registers all attendees, a confirmation email will be sent to the principal. Please bring this registration confirmation email with you to the ceremony as reference.

In the event your school is not sending any representatives, or you need to cancel your registration, please notify

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

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