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Ceremony FAQ

The annual awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008

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.

Each school is invited to send two representatives to the ceremony, typically the building principal and a teacher (or other school personnel). Due to budget constraints, only two representatives will be noted as “official school representatives” at the awards ceremony, although former principals who were building leaders at the time of the NBRS application may also attend. In addition to the two school representatives, superintendents will be invited separately.

A block of rooms at the Omni Shoreham 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 Thursday.

There is no registration fee for the ceremony, but the costs of travel and lodging are the school’s responsibility. This year’s ceremony will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

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.