Frederick County Public Schools Prepares for 2019 Commencement Exercises

Frederick County Public Schools Prepares for 2019 Commencement Exercises
Posted on 05/29/2019
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May 29, 2019
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Frederick County’s three high schools will present diplomas to nearly 1,000 seniors during commencement exercises next week. James Wood High School’s commencement will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Kelican Stadium. Millbrook High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at Millbrook Pioneer Stadium. Sherando High School’s graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 8 at Arrowhead Stadium beginning at 9 a.m.

None of the graduation dates will be adjusted in the event of inclement weather. Although every effort will be made to hold the ceremonies outdoors, they may be moved indoors should weather conditions prevent them from being held outside as planned. Should inclement weather result in any of the graduation ceremonies being moved indoors, the information will be communicated via the Frederick County Public Schools’ website, each high school’s Facebook page and the Frederick County Public Schools’ Rapid Communication System. Each graduation ceremony will be streamed live on its respective school’s Facebook page to help accommodate those unable to attend.

Approximately 290 students will receive diplomas during James Wood High School’s graduation ceremony. Shenandoah University’s Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Fritz Polite will serve as the commencement speaker. James Wood will begin a new tradition during its graduation ceremony this year when a canon is fired as graduates throw their caps at the conclusion of the commencement exercises.

Millbrook High School anticipates presenting diplomas to 328 seniors. The graduation ceremony will begin when Millbrook Physical Education Teacher Amanda Madden rings the bell in the school’s bell tower to signify the last time the Class of 2019 will gather together. The ceremony will conclude with the reading of “The Pioneer Tribute” and the release of doves. Madden, who was named Millbrook’s 2019 Teacher of the Year by her colleagues, and Math Teacher Benjamin Ratliff, who named Millbrook’s Teacher of the Year by the school’s seniors, will present pre-commencement addresses to the members of the Class of 2019 prior to the graduates participating in the final senior walk through the school and the procession into Pioneer Stadium.

Sherando High School is expected to present diplomas to 373 seniors during its commencement exercise. Sherando Social Studies Teacher Doreen Pauley Ricard and Marketing Teacher Deborah Carper will present the senior class with pre-commencement addresses prior to the procession into Arrowhead Stadium. Ricard’s colleagues selected her as Sherando’s Teacher of the Year. The Sherando High School National Honor Society selected Carper as its Teacher of the Year. Sherando’s graduation ceremony will include a performance of “You Are the New Day” by the Sherando Choir, a reading of “The Legend of the Cap and Gown,” a presentation of faculty and class accomplishments, recognition of students entering the military and “The Warrior’s Farewell.”

Individuals attending the commencement exercises are encouraged to arrive early because traffic congestion is common due to the large number of people attending the events. Frederick County Public Schools plans to work with the Virginia Department of Transportation and area law enforcement agencies to help keep traffic moving before and after the ceremonies.

Graduating seniors and their families are being encouraged to celebrate their favorite graduation moments by sharing their photos with Frederick County Public Schools by visiting Many of the photos submitted will be shared on the Frederick County Public Schools’ Facebook page, the school division’s website and in various school publications. Sharing photos of creatively decorated mortarboards that will be worn by graduates also is encouraged. Following each of the commencement exercises, graduation photo albums will be posted on each high school’s Facebook page with links to the albums also being made available on each high school’s website.