Week of June 14, 2016



Senior “Check Out” Forms and Senior Financial Obligations
The “check out” form was given to students after APs.  Each student is responsible for collecting the required signatures and returning the form to the School Counseling Office by Wednesday, June 15.  Outstanding MLWGS obligations must be paid to Mrs. Crystal Charity in the main office (in room 213) prior to 3:00 p.m. on June 15.  NOTE:  All teachers’ signatures need to be obtained before going to Mrs. Charity because she takes all monies from each student for all obligations (lost or damaged book fines, etc.) and writes one receipt for him/her.

Seniors who have unpaid financial obligations and/or who have not returned the check-out form will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Any outstanding VCU library fines must be paid directly to the VCU library.  If the latter applies to your student, a paid receipt from the VCU library should be turned in to Mrs. Zona Hicks in the School Counseling Office to clear the account.

Graduation Rehearsal
Friday, June 17, 9:00 a.m., Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street 

Graduation rehearsal is held at the Altria Theater.  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. Seniors must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and report to the downstairs ballroom (enter through the Main Street entrance towards the rear of the building).  Rehearsal will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  ANY STUDENT WHO MISSES REHEARSAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO WALK IN THE ACTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY. Parents are asked to please work with their student to make sure he or she is on time.  Practice is usually completed by 11:30 a.m. or so; but given that rehearsal will take as long as needed to perfect the process, please do not plan anything that requires a student to leave early or be gone by a certain time.  This run-through is crucial to the success of the graduation ceremony. 

Please note:  Graduation regalia will be distributed at the end of the rehearsal.

Friday, June 17, 3:00 p.m., Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street 

Graduates must arrive at the downstairs ballroom by 2:00 p.m.  For organizational reasons, this area is off limits to parents, relatives, and friends; MLWGS appreciates your understanding.  Cap, gown, and tassel are the most important items for the day, but students are asked to dress appropriately:  dark dress pants, collared shirt and tie for the young men, dresses for the young women.  Students may wear cords earned as part of their membership in our Honor Societies (as has been MLWGS’s custom).  Students may wear one piece of additional pre-approved regalia which they have earned as a member of an enduring MLWGS organization. 

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, decorations on mortarboards are absolutely prohibited.  Note:  The “collar” that comes with the graduation gown will not be used.

Doors to Altria Theater will open at 2:30 p.m.  Guests should enter through the front doors and must have a ticket to attend graduation.  Seating is not reserved.  Handicap seating is available in multiple locations; please see one of the ushers at the door upon arrival if this seating is needed.  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. Parking and directions may be found here.

Photographs during the ceremony are only allowed from attendee’s seats.   The Altria Theater will not permit audience members to spill into the aisles for this activity, and they enforce this restriction quite seriously.  

Maggie Walker Governor's School Class of 2016 graduation is being photographed by Lifetouch.  Photos may be found at www.events.lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

A proof of your student receiving their diploma should be mailed to you along with ordering instructions.  If you have any questions regarding the photographs, please contact Lifetouch directly at http://contact.lifetouch.com/

Last but certainly not least, a brief reception for students and their families will be held immediately after graduation in the downstairs ballroom of Altria Theater.  Graduation activities should conclude by 6:00 p.m.

SCHEDULES 2016-2017

Student class schedules were distributed to all returning students on Wednesday June 8.   Any students who wish to request a schedule change must submit a change request to the school counseling office by this Friday (June 17). Please contact your School Counselor if you have any questions.


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