Dear Parents of the Class of 2022,
We are so excited to celebrate our amazing Seniors, and their special time as they graduate and move on to their post-secondary plans!
This letter details the plans for graduation and year-end senior celebrations. Please mark your calendars and pay close attention to the important information shared here. All senior events can also be found on the RHHS Senior Events Calendar, which we will update with additional information as needed.
We are pleased to confirm that our commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday June 2nd at 7:00 pm at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The last day of exams for RHHS seniors is Thursday, May 26th. Additionally, RHHS has scheduled many events that will lead up to graduation; attendance is required at any mandatory events as scheduled in the chart on the last page.
Times listed indicate what time the event begins. Regular bell schedules will be in place. Please have students arrive 10-15 minutes before the time listed so they are ready to begin rehearsals and special events on time.
Other common questions about graduation are addressed below:
All seniors are provided ten (10) tickets to the graduation ceremony. General admission tickets will be distributed on May 26th during the mandatory rehearsal. Families with extenuating circumstances who wish to request more tickets (up to 6 additional tickets) should email Karina Carr at email@example.com by May 13. Tickets will not be distributed to students with outstanding obligations.
Please ensure your senior and guests are aware of the following guidelines for a successful commencement:
Seniors are reminded that all school rules and HCPSS policies are in effect at all senior events, both at school and at school-sponsored events. In the past, we have experienced some students making errors in judgment relating to senior pranks which have led to suspension and exclusion from graduation ceremonies. I would ask all parents to caution their students in this regard.
Please be aware that air horns, noise makers, beach balls, etc. are not permitted at Merriweather, and guests bringing balloons must sit in the back rows to avoid obstructing the view of others. We want to set a dignified tone at the graduation ceremony and hope to avoid "cheering sections."
All graduation gowns are dark blue. Students who have earned academic honors (i.e. honor societies) may wear graduation stoles or cords. Graduates should wear solid colors since the robes are somewhat transparent and prints may show through the robe. Our seniors are asked not to wear sneakers, tennis shoes, flip-flops, deck shoes, or other similar types of casual footwear. Students will want to consider low-heeled shoes due to the distance they process and the steps they navigate.
Diplomas are not awarded on stage. Diplomas/certificates and final report cards will be distributed immediately following the ceremony. Students who do not pick up these items will have the opportunity to collect them from Mrs. St. George the next school day in the Guidance Office.
Special access for handicapped guests is available at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Wheelchairs are NOT provided by RHHS or Merriweather Post Pavilion. One additional group member may sit with the guest requiring accommodations. The remainder of the family’s party should plan to take general seating. To make arrangements for handicapped seating please contact Mrs. Carr at 410-313-7120 or at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 27, to reserve a space. Handicapped parking is available at Merriweather and is on first-come, first-served basis.
Interpreters for guests and graduates are available. Please contact Mrs. St. George at 410-313-7400 by Monday, May 9th.
Videos and Photographs
Commencement ceremonies are public events and may be photographed or videotaped. Lifetouch is the official event photographer. We will forward information from Lifetouch as we receive it.
2022 ceremonies will be livestreamed online and available on-demand following each ceremony at www.hcpss.org and will be rebroadcast on the HCPSS cable channel (Comcast 95, Verizon 42) for Howard County residents. We will share the broadcast schedule with schools and post this information on the school system website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call. We look forward to sharing this special time with all seniors and their families. If you are able to volunteer to assist with the Senior Breakfast or the Senior Picnic, please contact the Senior Class Sponsors Katie Geiger at email@example.com or Jenn Hennessie at firstname.lastname@example.org.