Week of June 7, 2016


Walker Athletic Director Paige Hawkins is elated MLWGS won the USA Today America’s Best Athletic Program Poll! With the support of the MLWGS community, the Dragons take first place in the 2015-2016 Best Athletic Program with 121,949 votes. Thank you Maggie Walker students, parents, faculty and other supporters; MLWGS couldn't have done this without you.


The Governor's School Foundation 2016 Parent Class Annual Fund Challenge is well underway! At this time, thanks to the generosity of MLWGS parents and alumni, the Governor’s School Foundation has raised $273,222 towards its Annual Fund goal of $300,000!  The Foundation is very close to meeting its goal, but cannot do it without you.  

Through the Annual Fund, the Governor's School Foundation is able to directly support enrichment opportunities like academic competitions, student travel, as well as new technology, and student aid.  The support of MLWGS parents is critical in these efforts and the Foundation is most grateful for this continued commitment.  

There is still plenty of time to make a contribution to the 2016 Annual Fund. Consider making an Annual Fund gift in honor of a Dragon’s favorite teacher.  Just make a note of that tribute in the notes field when contributing to the Annual Fund online at http://www.governorsschoolfoundation.org/donate/ or contact the Foundation directly at 804.354.1566.  

The Foundation looks forward to all that can be accomplished together during this exciting campaign!


Graduation Ticket Pick-up
Graduation tickets may be picked up the week of June 6 during lunch from Ms. Sheppard in room 330. Please note that these are tickets for admission to the graduation exercises and are not the announcements ordered from Herff-Jones.  Anyone planning to come watch a graduate receive their diploma must have a ticket to gain entrance into the theater. Each student will receive 13 tickets, and more tickets may be available on a case-by-case basis.  If tickets are lost, they are not replaceable.  Please keep them in a safe place until June 17.  

Senior Recognition Night
Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium

This is the night the MLWGS community comes together to honor the many contributions and memories of its graduating seniors.  The highlight of the evening for the students is always the Senior Slide Show, and it is a great opportunity to get a sense of what the last four years have looked like inside MLWGS’s halls.   Students should arrive by 6:30 for the line-up wearing professional/business attire; caps and gowns are NOT worn for this event.

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.

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.  However, Lifetouch will be taking pictures of each individual student as he/she receives his/her diploma.  This year, a proof picture will be mailed directly to each family and be accessible online along with ordering information. 

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.


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