Updates on upcoming events and other information for seniors

Graduation and prom
On May 23, Principal Renay Johnson confirmed that a virtual graduation will be held on Thursday, June 11, at 12 pm, followed by various in-person celebration ceremonies that will take place once restrictions for large gatherings are lifted. This decision took into account feedback from over 8,000 students and families through a survey. 

For Blazers, caps, gowns, and tassels have arrived and will be distributed from May 26 through May 29. All information can be found here. If you have any material(s) from MBHS like textbooks, cameras, musical instruments, etc that need to be returned, follow the procedures in the link above. MCPS has yet to decide whether or not prom will be postponed or cancelled. 

Over the past couple of months, MCPS shared three potential graduation options with stakeholders and sought opinions from high school students in a survey.

The first option was to postpone the traditional graduation ceremony until late July and hope that public health guidelines evolve to permit large gatherings. 

The second option was to have a virtual graduation; however, students would be unable to videotape themselves due to MCPS privacy policy, which states that individuals may only collect, use, and disclose information regarding students and their families if it is for educational, instructional, administrative, and business purposes. A virtual graduation does not fall under these guidelines. 

Many students also do not have access to internet connection or devices with which they could participate in the virtual graduation. As of May 8, MCPS had distributed over 60,000 chromebooks and over 5,000 MiFi’s—mobile WiFi hotspots—to students, but technical malfunctions are inevitable and some students may still not have access to the technology needed to participate. Another possibility within the virtual graduation option was a drive-in movie event, but, again, equity concerns stymied efforts, as some families do not own cars.

The third and final option was to have a virtual graduation, but also invite seniors to visit their high school the following year for a class celebration similar to a homecoming; this was the final decision.

Celebratory yard signs
Blair administration, parents, and student volunteers distributed yard signs to members of the senior class that displayed a “Congratulations Class of 2020” message in bold writing on May 4, with silhouettes of students with caps & gowns in Blair’s signature red and white colors.

Principal Johnson had posted four layout ideas—designed by fine arts resource teacher Jacqueline Armstead—on Instagram and Twitter on April 19, asking seniors to vote for their favorite.

According to Principal Johnson, the senior class sponsors ordered signs for over 700 members of the senior class, and the PTSA will cover the costs for all of them. 

Yearbook distribution and other information
Yearbooks are expected to arrive around late June or early July according to Jostens, the company that publishes the yearbooks.

Families have until June 5th to add a $10 shipping fee to their order if they want the yearbook shipped to their home. To add a shipping fee, click here, find Montgomery Blair High School, then fill in information accordingly. An “add $10 shipping fee” option will appear in the process. Fill out your shipping address information here.

If not shipped to a student’s home, the yearbook will be shipped to Blair for later pickup when public health restrictions are lifted. All customers will receive the yearbooks around the same time they arrive at Blair. Jostens can only apply shipping fees to yearbooks individually, so if more than one yearbook is ordered, they will be shipped separately.

Blair is also looking for sponsors that can help cover the costs of yearbooks for students who cannot afford one. To donate, click here, find Montgomery Blair High School, and in the Student Field type “Senior” for the first name and “Donation” for the last name. Jostens is accepting donations of $5, $10, or $20.

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