2018 Senior Class and Graduation Information

Basics

GRADUATION INFORMATION

Date: Wednesday, May 30th
Time: 10am
Location: D.A.R. Constitution Hall 

CONTACT INFORMATION 
Megan Etzwiler - Class Sponsor

Colleen Adams and Jessica Burdette - Graduation Coordinators 
Ahmed Adelekan - Senior Class Asst. Principal

Reminders from DAR:

  • The doors to the hall will be closed during the processional and will remain closed until the end of the National Anthem, they are not locked, but guests will not be allowed to enter during that time period to allow the graduates to enter. Please plan to be inside the hall and in your seat by 9:45 am so that you can enjoy the entire ceremony.
  • DAR Policy includes bag checks at all events.  Please be prepared that they will be checking large bags and backpacks.

Informational Letters and Flyers

Senior Survey - look for more information coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can a senior ride the PTSA bus without another family member?  No, because of regulations and issues with the bus company, all students must be accompanied on the PTSA buses by an adult family member.
  • When and where do I get my cap and gown?  Caps and Gowns will be available for pick-up in May to those students who have cleared all obligations, completed their SSL hour requirements, and completed the senior surveys.  Check back for the exact location and time.
  • When and where do I get my Graduation Announcements that I ordered?  Announcements will be made once these have come in.
  • Does my college/university need anything else from me or QOHS? Schools will need you to send them your final transcript, to do this you will need to complete the final transcript request form and return it to the registrar’s office with $1.  Final transcript forms are available in the registrar’s office.  When the final transcript is available, it will be mailed to your school.  If you have any questions, please contact the registrar’s office.   

Calendar

Date

Event or Item and Description

2/22/18 Student Speaker Meeting - All seniors interested in speaking at Graduation must attend this meeting at lunch in room 128. See Mrs. Adams with questions.
3/8/18 Student Speaker Applications Due- All students applying to speak at graduation must complete and submit their application to Mrs. Adams
March and April Balfour will be available to take orders for graduation announcements, class rings, and other Class of 2018 merchandise.  You can also order these items by mail or online at www.Balfour.com.  Students received a Balfour packet in their Advisory. 
3/22/18 Student Speaker Speeches Due - All students applying to speak at graduation must complete and submit their speech to Mrs. Adams
4/5/18 Senior Parent Meeting - students are welcome to attend, but are not required to attend. This will be about all things graduation. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at 7pm.  
4/6/18 SSL Meritorius Service - The deadline for the Certificate of Meritorius Service is April 6th - 260 SSL hours are required for this award. Please direct any questions about SSL hours to Ms. Shelhorse, SSL coordinator.
4/27/18 Deadline for Extra Ticket requests for Graduation. To request extra tickets please complete the online form requesting extra tickets or e-mail Mr. Adelekan. Seniors will each receive six tickets at the mandatory graduation rehearsal on May 29th, and we will distribute any remaining tickets equitably among those who request them by the deadline. We cannot guarantee that you will receive the full number of extra tickets you request, but we hope we can give one or two extra tickets to those who request them, you will be notified by May 14th in response to your request.
4/27/18 Deadline for Handicapped, Disabled, and Hearing Impaired Seating Vouchers - If you have a guest in need of handicap accessible seating or hearing impaired seating, the request must be made through the online form or email to Mr. Adelekan.  Vouchers are NOT tickets, each person who needs a voucher will ALSO need a ticket.  Vouchers will be included with tickets when they are distributed, the voucher will allow those guests entrance into the handicapped seating or hearing impaired seating with ONE person accompanying them, not the entire group.  Voucher requests will be verified via email from Mr. Adelekan by May 14th. 
4/27/18 Last day checks will be accepted from seniors and their families. ONLY cash will be accepted after this date.
4/27/18 Senior Fees are due by 4/27/18. This one-time fee covers everything related to graduation day (including cap & gown, programs, the ceremony, etc). The fee is now $70, checks must be made out to QOHS, and the student's name and ID number must be on check. Turn in the money to Ms. Kempf or Ms. Etzwiler in room 332 or checks may be mailed to school. Senior Fees may also be paid online through the school store. Do not leave money in the school mailbox. Students who have not submitted a senior fee by April 30th, will receive an obligation notice. Obligation notices must be cleared with Ms. Kumeiga in the financial office. ALL obligations must be cleared before graduation rehearsal. No checks from seniors or their families will be accepted after 4/30/18. After that date, only cash will be accepted or online orders.
5/1/18 SSL Hours - SSL paperwork due to Ms. Shelhorse. Please direct any questions about SSL hours to Mrs. Shelhorse, SSL coordinator.
5/11/18 and 5/12/18 Prom - Held at the UMD Riggs Center from 9pm to 12am

After Prom - Held at QO from 12:30am to 5am

5/14/18 Extra Tickets Fulfillment - By this date Mr. Adelekan informs parents that they will receive extra tickets and seating vouchers.
End of May Seniors will be able to pick up their caps and gowns at the end of May, place and time TBA. Seniors must have all obligations cleared, SSL Hours completed, and the senior survey completed in order to receive their cap & gown.
Week of May 21st Culminating Activity in Period 8 for Seniors
Week of May 21st Culminating Activity in Periods 6 & 7 for Seniors
Week of May 21st Culminating Activity in Periods 3 & 4 for Seniors
Week of May 21st Culminating Activity in Periods 1 & 2 for Seniors
5/23/18 Deadline to sign up for Graduation Bus sign up. Buses will be provided by the PTSA. Buses loaded at approximately 7:45 and leave for DAR at 8:00. The cost is $20 per person. The form is available online, please return the form and payment (made out to Quince Orchard High School PTSA) to: 
Graduation Day Bus Tickets
c/o QO PTSA 15800 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
5/23/18 Awards Night – Honoree’s families will be invited by mail, but all families and students are welcome to attend and congratulate all our fine seniors!
5/24/18 Spring and Senior Sports Awards Night – All Spring athletes and those Seniors receiving Awards are invited, Senior honorees and their families will be notified to attend.  All families and students are welcome to attend and congratulate our fine athletes!
5/25/18  Last Day for Seniors!!!  
5/25/18 Senior End of Year Reports Forms Due back to the Registrar. These forms must be completed and turned in by 5/25/18 for the report to be sent to your college or university. Forms are available before school, at lunch, and after school at the Registrar's Office.  Forms are available for pick-up on or after April 11th.
5/29/18 Graduation RehearsalALL GRADUATES MUST ATTEND REHEARSAL IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY.  This rehearsal begins with a senior breakfast in the front of school at 7:00 am, and will last all morning.  Do not plan for any other event for this important morning.  Dismissal from rehearsal usually occurs at approximately 11:30 am or noon.  It is at this event that seniors will learn the procedures for the ceremony and other important information about the ceremony, receive their tickets for guests to attend graduation, and any final important business. Tickets will NOT be distributed before rehearsal, nor will they be distributed to students who do not attend rehearsal.
5/30/18 Graduation at DAR Constitution Hall at 10:00 am – Seniors must be at DAR to line up no later than 9:15am. 
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