Important Information for the Class of 2011

To the Class of 2011 and their families: you are nearing the most exciting and bittersweet few days in your high school career! We want to recap the events and give you a bit more information. 


(1) Senior Picnic: Thursday, June 16, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Byrd Park, Carillon Shelter
Remember to bring your assigned drink/chips/dessert/other assigned by last name:
A-F: Please bring one six pack of sodas, juice, or bottled water (individually packaged, please)
G-K: One large bag of chips or fruit/veggies
L-S: Cookies or brownies
T-Z: Paper products -T's bring strong paper/plastic plates, Vs bring napkins/paper towels, W-Z can bring plastic forks

Sub sandwiches will be provided.  Remember to bring your assigned food items to school on either Wednesday or Thursday (by 10:30 am) and leave them in the 1st floor Concession Booth.  

Please bring extra tickets to graduation if you are not going to use them. If you need extras, you’ll be able to get them at that time! You are welcome to bring your yearbooks to get more signatures! You might also want to bring a camera, sunscreen, Frisbees, etc.  There is plentiful parking near the shelter, but carpooling is always a great idea.

(2) Baccalaureate: Thursday, June 16, 6:30 pm First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Road. Parking readily available. Map and directions can be found at: http://www.fpcrichmond.org/visit_us/directions.html. Sponsored by the MLWGS PTSA, the inter-faith service begins promptly at 6:30 pm and will last one hour. Students are not required to attend, but this traditional and memorable event celebrates finishing one chapter in your lives and beginning the next. Students should arrive no later than 6:15 pm for the procession line-up, and you are asked to dress appropriately and to bring both cap and gown.

(3) Faculty Lounge Lizards and The EJE  Thursday, June 16, 8:00 pm Dogwood Dell (Byrd Park). Dogwood Dell is located next to the Carillon in Byrd Park. It is on the stretch of road where the Boulevard turns into Blanton Street on the way to the “Nickel Bridge.” It is easily found by just going south on the Boulevard. The Dell is on the right immediately after S. Boulevard / Blanton takes a hard left.

(4) Graduation Rehearsal Friday, June 17, 8:45 am, Landmark Theater: Graduation rehearsal is held at the Landmark Theater. Seniors must arrive no later than 8:45 am and be downstairs and ready to begin rehearsal at 9:00 am. ANY STUDENT WHO MISSES REHEARSAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO WALK IN THE ACTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY, so parents are asked to please work with your student to make sure he or she is there promptly. Practice is usually completed by 11:30 am or so, but given that we will take as long as needed to perfect the process, please do not plan anything that requires your student to leave early or be gone by a certain time. This time is crucial to the success of the graduation ceremony. Musical performers will stay after the main rehearsal for sound check and practice.

(5) Graduation! Friday, June 17, 3:00 pm, Landmark Theater: Graduates must arrive at the Landmark Theater by 2:00 pm, enter by the right front entrance and proceed immediately to the downstairs ballroom. This area is off limits to parents, relatives and friends; we appreciate your understanding in this. Cap, gown, and tassel are the most important items for the day, but students are asked to please dress appropriately: dark dress pants, collared shirt and tie for the young men, dresses for the young women. Perhaps the most important clothing decision for the day, however, is shoes. Dress shoes and socks for the boys and low-heeled dress shoes for the girls are the best choices; please, no “flip-flops” or athletic shoes. Additionally, any decorations on mortarboards are absolutely prohibited. Note: The “collar” that comes with the graduation gown will not be used.

Doors to the theater will open at 2:30 pm. Guests should enter through the front center doors and must have a ticket to attend graduation. Seating is not reserved. Handicap seating is available on the first level; please see one of the ushers at the door upon your arrival if you need special seating. Parking for graduation is available at the VCU parking deck for a minimal fee (entrances are on Cherry and Laurel Streets.) Please adhere to posted street parking signs as ticketing and towing are strictly enforced.

A reception sponsored by the PTSA will be held immediately after graduation in the Landmark Ballroom. We anticipate graduation activities to conclude by 6:00 pm.

Graduation Picture Info:

Group Photo:  If you already ordered a photo of the graduating class in caps/gowns, then your order was simply backed up at the studio and will be delivered in time for me to hand students on Thursday at the Picnic or Baccalaureate.  Some may even be sent to your home, assuming your student's handwriting was legible enough for the folks at Lifetouch to decipher!  In either case, we are sorry about the delay and promise to get the picture to you ASAP!  If you are interested in ordering a picture but haven't done so yet, please contact Joanne Stansfield at Lifetouch.  Her phone number is (804) 262-3411 and her email address is jstansfield@lifetouch.com. She knows that parents and students from Maggie Walker have her direct line and looks forward to hearing from you with further questions about your order.

Graduation Ceremony Photos: Photographs during the ceremony are only allowed from your seats. The Landmark will not permit us to spill into the aisles for this activity, and they enforce this quite seriously. However, Lifetouch will be taking pictures of each individual student on stage, and ordering information is available directly through their website at www.lifetouchevents.com; the password is 2011dragons.

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Reed, lreed@gsgis.k12.va.us, 354-6800 ext. 2075 or Mrs. Germer, lgermer@gsgis.k12.va.us.