Week of June 6, 2017


Graduation Tickets
Graduation tickets will be available for pick-up this week during lunch outside of room 330.  Each senior will be receiving 13 tickets.  If additional tickets are need, please have your student ask their peers first and then reach out to Ms. Sheppard on Friday, June 9.  There is a limited amount of extra tickets, but we will try to accommodate everyone’s requests.

Graduation Rehearsal Information
Graduation rehearsal is held at the Altria Theater on June 16, 2017.  Parking for graduation is available at the VCU parking deck for a minimal fee (entrances are on Cherry and Laurel Streets).  Remind students to keep their receipts from the parking deck.  They will be able to return later in the day for no additional charge.  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, so parents are asked to please work with your student to make sure he or she is on time.  Practice is usually completed by 11:30 a.m. 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 run-through is crucial to the success of the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Information
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; we appreciate 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 or dark dress pants for the young women.    Students may wear cords earned as part of their membership in our Honor Societies (as has been our custom).  Students may wear one piece of additional pre-approved regalia which they have earned as a member of an enduring MLWGS organization.  All pieces of regalia will be distributed by sponsors in the days leading up to graduation.

Perhaps the most important clothing decision for the day, however, is shoes.  Dress shoes and socks or low-heeled dress shoes are the best choices; please, no “flip-flops” or athletic shoes.  Additionally, decorations on mortarboards are absolutely prohibited.

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 your arrival if you need this 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.

Photographs during the ceremony are only allowed from your seats.   The Altria Theater will not permit us to spill into the aisles for this activity, and they enforce this quite seriously.  However, Strawbridge Studios will be taking pictures of each individual student as he/she receives his/her diploma.

Graduation activites should conclude by 5:30 p.m.


A MLWGS alumna, Katie Houston (Class of 2004) has reached out to offer a community service opportunity to current students.  She’s volunteering heavily with an organization called ReEstablish Richmond, which works to help refugees acclimate and put down roots in the area.

They have a high need right now for volunteer tutors who are willing to help middle and elementary school students with English language skills and simple math skills (i.e. counting to 100).  The kids can communicate verbally in English, but a lot of them are struggling with literacy, and their schools don't have the capacity to help them adequately.

Any interested students can contact Katie directly at kghouston05@gmail.com.  She would really love to have Maggie Walker students involved with the organization and emphasized that if anyone is available to help soon, the need for tutors is pressing.


For the 2017-2018 school year, the submission deadline for Smoke and Scales moves from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday.  Likewise, publication and delivery moves from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, June 13 will be the final Smoke and Scales edition for this 2016-2017 school year.  Submissions are due by 4 p.m. Friday, June 9.

The first edition of Smoke and Scales for the 2017-2018 school year will be Wednesday, August 30, 2017, with a submission deadline of 4 p.m. Sunday, August 27.

Smoke and Scales thanks Catherine Ingrassia (Sophia McCrimmon, '17, Hanover) for her three years in her role as Co-Editor; she will be especially missed by her fellow Co-Editor!

A big welcome to Christine Wampler (Lucy Wampler, '20, Richmond) who joins the staff as Co-Editor to fill Catherine's role, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

Nancy Turnage (Mitchell Turnage, '18, Hanover) will remain in her role as Co-Editor for her fourth year.

Anyone who is interested in joining the Smoke and Scales production staff is encouraged to reach out.  In particular, experience with blogging is a plus.