Class of 2019

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 6:49pm

MRHS Commencement will be held Friday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.

Dear Seniors & Parents/Guardians:

Listed below is information that you will find very helpful during your final weeks at Marriotts Ridge High School. Please note that attendance at graduation rehearsals is mandatory if you wish to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rashid, Graduation Coordinator, at 410-313-5568.

End of Year Important Dates / Final Exams / Graduation Activities

April 24  Online request form must be submitted for HCPSS employees wishing to present their child a diploma.**

May 6     An online request form must be submitted for additional graduation tickets and handicapped seating.**  Note that each senior will receive 8 guest tickets to attend the graduation ceremony. 

May 10   Senior Information Survey must be completed through Naviance.  See your counselor with any questions.

May 10   Deadline for all debts/obligations to be paid.  See Mrs. Lockhoff in the front office.

Seniors are required to attend school all day (7:25 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.) through Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

May 14, 7-10 p.m.  Class Night at Turf Valley Resort includes dinner, dance and superlatives

May 16 (B Day)  Period 1 – Final Exam
                         Periods 2-6 – Regular Classes

May 17 (A Day)  Professional Day, 3-Hour Early Dismissal

May 20 (B Day)  Periods 1 and 2 – Farewell Assembly Rehearsal and Cap/Gown Distribution
                         Period 3 – Study Hall
                         Period 4B, 5, 6 – Final Exams
May 21 (A Day)  Period 1 – Senior Class Breakfast/Study Hall in Media
                         Periods 2, 3, 4A – Final Exams
                         Periods 5 & 6 – Graduation Rehearsal in the auditorium
May 22 (B Day)  LAST DAY of school for Seniors.
                         8:00 a.m. Panoramic Picture -- Seniors report to the auditorium wearing cap & gown.
                         9:00 a.m. Senior Farewell & Awards Assembly in the auditorium.  (Due to seating limitations, only parents of award recipients and performers will be invited to attend.)
                         Senior Picnic will be held immediately following the assembly on school grounds.
                         1:45 p.m. Senior Slide Show & Graduation Ticket Distribution in the auditorium.

May 24               4:00 p.m. – Graduation Commencement at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia   Graduates should report to the designated area by 3:30 p.m.  



You do not have to participate in the graduation ceremony in order to receive a diploma.  Parents must submit a written request for non-participation to Tammy Goldeisen by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Graduation Ticket Information - Each graduate will receive 8 graduation tickets. Graduation tickets will be distributed after the Senior Picnic on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Caps and gowns will be distributed following rehearsal on May 20, 2019, to those seniors who have fulfilled all financial obligations with Marriotts Ridge High School. 

Handicapped Seating - The handicapped seating request form must be submitted by Monday, May 6, 2019. Due to space limitations in the handicapped section, each handicapped guest may have one guest sit with him/her.    We may not be able to fulfill requests received after May 6th.

Panoramic Picture – Students who wish to purchase a copy of the panoramic picture should complete and turn in the order request to the front office PRIOR to Wednesday, May 22.

Senior Farewell & Awards Assembly Info – The Senior Farewell and Awards Assembly will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m.   Due to limited seating in the auditorium, only parents of those students receiving an award or recognition will receive an invitation to attend.  Caps and gowns are required attire for the graduation ceremony and the Senior Farewell & Awards Assembly.  Attendance at all graduation rehearsals is mandatory in order to participate in the assembly and graduation.   

Graduation - Attendance at all graduation rehearsals is mandatory in order to participate in the assembly and graduation.     

Seniors should wear their caps straight on their heads with the deep part at the back and the tassel over the right temple. Some of the caps may not fit easily with the present hair fashions.  Students should therefore try on the cap with their hairstyle and adjust the style accordingly. Females should wear a dress, skirt or dress pants and nice shoes. It is not recommended that graduates wear high heels. Males should wear white shirts or light-colored collared shirts, neckties, dark dress pants, dark shoes and dark socks. No sneakers, tennis shoes, boots, flip-flops or other such footwear will be allowed. All shirts must be buttoned and collars should be placed inside the gown.  When you receive your cap and gown hang it up to release the wrinkles.    Do not iron your gown.

Graduation Ceremony at Merriweather Post Pavilion - Graduates must arrive at the check-in area at 3:30 p.m. with caps and gowns and be dressed in appropriate attire (see above).  Graduates must report directly to the designated area and may not walk around the pavilion in their caps and gowns prior to the ceremony.  The ceremony should conclude at or slightly before 6 PM.  Diplomas will be issued to students after their names are read OR backstage immediately following the ceremony for those students who need to return borrowed honor society regalia.               

All Howard County School System and MRHS policies and procedures will remain in effect and will be enforced for all activities including graduation.  Students should be thoughtful and conscious of their actions so as not to jeopardize the privilege of participating in graduation.  Students who do not cooperate during rehearsals may not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Photography - There will be a professional photographer photographing each graduate as his/her diploma is awarded.  There will also be a professional videographer. DVDs can be ordered through the HCPSS website at Information will also be available on the school’s website (


GRADUATION PRODUCTS  A representative from Balfour* meet with seniors in early March. Students received a paper order form and catalog of products.  All seniors who plan to participate in Commencement and Farewell Assembly will need to have an official cap & gown.  Orders may be placed online at Balfour's MRHS site.

*Balfour is the official vendor for Marriotts Ridge High School’s Class of 2019 graduation products, including cap & gown and commencement announcements.  While other vendors may offer announcements, these will not be the official MRHS Class of 2019 product.