Senior Activities and Graduation Information

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 9:37am

Your senior panoramic photo is May 23rd at 8 AM. Ordering is now open online through Lifetouch. Please order using the information on this filer. The ordering information was also added to the Senior Activity and Graduation Info document in GSuite.

Attendance at all rehearsals and in school events through Tuesday, May 23 is mandatory. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rashid, Graduation Coordinator. 

The MRHS graduation will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 7:00 PM. The last day of school for the Senior class will be Tuesday, May 23

May 8 - Name Recording and Parents Presenting Diplomas

  • Students name recordings are due in the Student Resources Course in Canvas; view this assignment (accessible only to students)
  • Online request form must be submitted for HCPSS employees wishing to present their graduate's diploma by Friday, April 14.

May TBD - Senior Survey Due

  • It is located on your Naviance home page under, "Important To Do's and Tasks."

May 15 - Senior Class Night and Ticket Request Deadline

May 17

  • Period 1 - Exam
  • Period 2 to 6 - Normal class schedule

May 18

  • Period 1 and 2 - Senior Awards Assembly Rehearsal
    • Caps and gowns distributed to students with no financial obligations.
  • Period 3 - Study hall
    • Students report to third period after rehearsal to prepare for afternoon exams
  • Period 4B, 5 and 6 - Exams

May 22

  • Period 1 - Senior breakfast and study hall
  • Period 2, 3, 4A - Exams
  • Period 5 and 6 - Graduation rehearsal
    • Attendance is mandatory
    • Graduate seating and name reading
    • Essential details for the ceremony at MPP

May 23

  • Panoramic Picture - Students meet in the cafeteria dressed in cap and gown (8 AM)
  • Senior Awards Assembly
    • 9:00-11:00 AM in the MRHS Auditorium
    • Parent attendance is by invitation only
  • Period 5 and 6 - Senior Picnic; beginning at approximately 11:30 AM
  • Senior video presentation
  • Graduation tickets and senior banners distrubuted at 2 PM
    • All school obligations and Chromebooks and power adapters must be returned and/or paid for in order to receive graduation tickets. Details about collection and obligations can be found here.

June 1 - Commencement at Merriweather Post Pavilion at 7 PM

  • Graduates should report to their designated area by 6:30 PM.
  • Check the spreadsheet if you forgot where you line up! The spreadsheet will be accessible to students on Friday, May 26. 

Additional Information

Graduation Ticket Information: Each graduate will receive 10 graduation tickets. Additional tickets can be requested by submitting this form for review by the principal's secretary no later than Monday, May 15, 2023. Graduation tickets will be distributed after the senior picnic on 5/23 to seniors who have fulfilled their financial obligations and turned in their HCPSS Chromebooks. 

HCPSS Staff Wishing to Present the Diploma: Graduating seniors' parents or legal guardians who are current, permanent employees of HCPSS are offered the opportunity to present the diploma to their children; this is a special privilege offered to employees. In accepting the offer, parents are asked to observe and maintain the dignity of the commencement ceremony by being on time for the presentation and by making a smooth and formal presentation. These student names will be read at the end of the alphabet/ceremony. HCPSS employees wishing to present the diploma must submit an online request form April 14, 2023. 

Mobility Impaired Seating: Guests who cannot easily navigate the stairs at the pavilion and will need to be seated at ground level can request floor seating in the 200 level. One guest is permitted to sit with the mobility impaired guest. Please complete this form by Monday, May 15, 2023 to reserve two seats in the in the mobility impaired seating in level 200.  

Graduation Attire: Graduates should wear semi-formal attire. Dress shoes are necessary but footwear should be comfortable and functional enough to navigate the stairs and grassy areas of the pavilion. Seniors should wear their caps straight on their heads with the deep part at the back and the tassel over the right temple. Students should try on the cap to be sure it fits securely in the proper position. When you receive your cap and gown, hang it up to release the wrinkles. Do not iron your gown.

Cords and Other Regalia: Students may wear stoles, cords, and medallions that represent honors/participation in HCPSS high school sponsored honor societies, clubs, and activities. Cords and other regalia are purchased through and distributed by the school clubs and organizations. Please see your organization sponsors with any questions. Decorating caps and gowns is prohibited, per HCPSS guidelines. 

Graduation Ceremony at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Graduates must arrive at the check-in area at 6:30 PM with caps and gowns and be dressed in appropriate attire (see above).  Graduates must report directly to the designated area. Students wandering the pavilion after 6:30 PM will delay the start of the program. Be on time, check in with your squad leader and stay in your assigned location! The ceremony will conclude by 9 PM.  Diplomas will be issued to students in their seated rows after their names are read.               

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. 

Photography and Live Streaming: There will be a professional photographer photographing each graduate as their diploma is awarded. Information about ordering will be available from Lifetouch on the school’s website.  All graduations will be live streamed by HCPSS at this link.

Senior Video Photo Request

  • Submit Pictures of you and your friends from over the years
  • Older Pictures Needed! Send us you and your bestie in 5th Grade vs Now!
  • Submit pictures via Google at this link

PTSA Scholarship - Apply Now!

Are you a Senior at MHRS? Interested in earning a $1,000 scholarship? There will be four scholarships of $1,000 each given to students who submit an essay, which will be reviewed by the Senior Scholarship Committee. Visit this website for the application and more information. 

Senior Banners - Place you order!

Celebrate our Seniors!
It’s time to order a banner for them!

Banners are approximately 36 inches long and 24 inches high on white vinyl with navy and gray lettering.

The name of the school, graphics, class of 2023 and congratulations will be printed the same on all the banners.

The name of the Senior and the message are personalized. Personalization will be done in upper and lowercase letters.

Banners will be hung at MRHS Ridge for approximately one month starting around May 1st.

Order by April 17th!

Order a banner by using this link.