Prom Information

Tue, 04/11/2023 - 9:30pm

Guest tickets are on sale today only, May 4, can be purchased online until 11:59 pm on May 4 at:


River Hill High School

cordially invites River Hill High School Juniors and Seniors and their approved guests



May 12, 2023

7:00 - 10:00 PM

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

202 E Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202


Important Dates (described further below)

  • April 11-May 2: Ticket Sales for RHHS Students (online only)
  • May 2: Guest Forms Due at 3:00 PM to the Front Office
  • May 3: Guest Forms Reviewed/Students Notified
  • May 4: One-Day Ticket Sales for Guests
  • May 10: Early Dismissal Notes Due to Ms. Key if leaving early on May 12
  • May 10 & May 11: Tickets Distributed during all lunch shifts
  • May 12: PROM!


Ticket Information

  • Tickets are $65.00 each and go on sale Tuesday, April 11.
  • Ticket sales are online only via Online School Payments (OSP) and ended for River Hill High School students on Tuesday, May 2. 


Prom Expectations

Please note that all students and guests attending prom are committing to an event that is drug and alcohol free. Prom should be fun and memorable for all the right reasons. Do not ruin your time, or anyone else’s, by poor decision making. We care about our students, and trust you to honor this commitment to arrive safely, party safely, and get home safely so that you have a night to remember. Violations of the student code of conduct will result in disciplinary action in accordance with Howard County Public School System policies. 


Guest Forms and Guest Tickets

  • Any guest attending the River Hill High School Prom 2023 with a River Hill student must submit the Guest Form. A guest is defined as anyone who does not attend River Hill High School. Students in middle school and those 21 and older may not attend as guests. 
  • All guest forms are due on Tuesday, May 2 at 3:00. Forms may be picked up in the front office. Students whose guest forms are approved will receive a copy of their guest form and may purchase their guest’s ticket online on Thursday, May 4 only. Guest tickets may not be purchased before or after May 4.
  • Guest tickets will be on sale May 4 only and can be purchased online until 11:59 pm on May 4 at:


Ticket Distribution

  • Tickets will be distributed on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11 during A-D lunches. All tickets must be picked up by Thursday, May 11.

Attendance Expectations

  • All students are required to attend school on Friday, May 12, 2023 in order to attend the dance and it is our hope that students will attend the full day of school. 
  • Students must be present until 11:00 AM.
  • Students choosing to leave after 11:00 AM but before the end of the school day should submit a physical note for early dismissal signed by a parent or guardian to the front office by Wednesday, May 10. 
  • We are unable to accept any notes or emails for early dismissal received after Wednesday, May 10. 

Dance Information

  • All prom attendees (including guests) will need a photo ID and ticket to get into the dance. A student’s Synergy photo can be used in lieu of a state or school issued ID. Prom tickets are not transferable. Photo ID must match the name of the RHHS student or guest form for which the ticket was purchased.
  • No admittance after 8 PM, per HCPSS policy.
  • Please note that there is an Orioles home game with a start time of 7:05 pm. We anticipate heavy traffic. Please plan lots of extra travel time to accommodate the traffic. We are not able to admit attendees past 8 pm.
  • Students should not bring backpacks or large bags. Small purse-sized bags will be permitted, but must be checked at coat check. 
  • RHHS staff chaperones will be running and monitoring the bag check for the duration of the event. 
  • All bags must be stored at bag check upon arrival.
  • Students will not have access to personal bags during the event. 
  • Students who must carry personal health or hygiene needs will be provided with a small mesh bag for these belongings. 
  • Desserts and Drinks will be served.

After Prom Information

Students and families, please see the information below originally sent in a February 7, 2023 letter. 

February 7, 2023

Dear River Hill Families,

Please take a moment to read this important information about the upcoming prom season. This year’s prom will take place on  Friday, May 12 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. After prom, all Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to attend our PTSA-sponsored Post Prom Party (P3), to be held at The Main Event in Columbia. Both are big events for our students, and we rely on the support of our entire RHHS community to ensure everyone has a safe evening.
Prom is one of the many beloved traditions that take place during the spring season at River Hill, and in high schools around the country. It represents a milestone for many of our students as the first big formal wear occasion and the first dance that takes place in a ballroom setting rather than a high school gym or stadium. Prom can, at times, feel like a larger-than-life event for our young people, who may choose to create “Promposals” to invite a date to the event, spend time and money on finding that perfect outfit to match with a date, organize pre-prom gatherings for elaborate photoshoots, and arrange rides with friends to transport them to the event.
As exciting as this evening is for our students, it is also one that we have seen present challenges for all of us as we work to keep our young people safe, both physically and emotionally.  Alcohol consumption, vaping, drug use, and other risky behaviors are concerns that are heightened during celebrations like prom. We want our students to remember Prom as a magical evening with their friends in celebration of their year. No one in our community wants the memory of this time in our students’ lives marred by incidents of intoxication, overdose, or tragedy.
As we work to create a wonderful evening for our young adults, I am asking for your help in also keeping them safe. Please speak with your child to reinforce our community expectations.  In addition to reminding our children of our expectations, we ask that families also speak about the consequences of poor decisions. All Howard County Public School policies are in place at prom, and the Student Code of Conduct will be followed should any student violate these policies. 
Please note that it is against the law in Maryland for adults to furnish alcohol to minors or to permit young people to consume alcohol on their property. In addition to legal prohibitions to providing or permitting alcohol, drug, or nicotine use, parent and guardian disapproval of underage substance use and abuse is an important anti-risk factor, and we encourage all in our community to contribute to spreading this message. 
If your child is attending a gathering before prom, please reach out to the sponsoring parents/guardians and ensure they are aware of your expectations that no alcohol or substance use be permitted. We ask that our parents and guardians monitor student pre-prom events, including gatherings for photographs, pre-prom preparation, busses/limousines, or shared rides, and ensure that students are not using alcohol or drugs, or bringing these substances to prom.
We are so excited about the venue, the food and music, and the plans our staff, students, and parents are making for a great Prom night, and, most of all, the fun of P3, the Post Prom Party. The P3 Committee is putting endless energy into planning a party that is age-appropriate, close to home, and packed with games, prizes, and fun. P3 allows our students to continue the celebration together, as a community, in a manner that supports the safety of our young people. 
We encourage all Juniors and Seniors to attend and remind families that there is plenty of time in May and June for age-appropriate smaller gatherings at private residences. P3 is most successful, and students have the best time when it is embraced as a community event that all students attend.
Student safety has also been at the heart of our Post Prom Party (P3) for the past 17 years.  P3 is highly successful (and fun for everyone) when the entire RHHS community comes together to help make it work.  Freshman and Sophomore parents, this is your opportunity to “pay it forward”, as your students will be attending PROM in the not-too-distant future, and your help and involvement now will pay dividends in those years to come!  Junior and Senior parents, your involvement and awareness are especially essential to the success of Prom night. We are eternally grateful for the community’s donations, volunteer hours, and assistance with planning, preparing, and presenting this awesome event.
Finally, please reach out to me if your family is currently experiencing financial barriers that would prohibit your child from attending Prom or P3, and would like to request financial assistance or a payment plan or if your family currently has the resources to generously sponsor a student in need.
Please continue to monitor our website and our school email communications for more information about Prom and P3. We are so excited for a fantastic night on Friday, May 12, 2023. 
Hawks rise together, and we are honored to be a part of your child’s celebration!
Mikaela Lidgard
River Hill High School