Frederick County Public Schools Prepares for 2018 Commencement Exercises

Frederick County Public Schools Prepares for 2018 Commencement Exercises
Posted on 05/22/2018
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
May 22, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County’s three high schools will present diplomas to more than 1,000 seniors during commencement exercises next week. Millbrook High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 at Millbrook Pioneer Stadium. The rain date is Thursday, May 31 at 6 p.m. Sherando High School’s graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 1 at Arrowhead Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. James Wood High School’s commencement will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. at Kelican Stadium. The rain date is Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

Millbrook High School anticipates presenting diplomas to 349 seniors. Millbrook’s ceremony will begin when Millbrook’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Hillary Suire rings the bell in the school’s bell tower to signify the last time the Class of 2018 will gather together. The ceremony will conclude with the reading of “The Pioneer Tribute” and the release of doves. Suire, who teaches social studies at Millbrook, will present a pre-commencement address to the members of the Class of 2018 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 365 seniors during its commencement exercises. Sherando Spanish teacher Elaine Bolyard and English teacher Joan Rempfer will present the senior class with pre-commencement addresses prior to the procession into Arrowhead Stadium. Bolyard’s colleagues selected her as Sherando’s Teacher of the Year. The Sherando High School National Honor Society selected Rempfer 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.”

Approximately 327 students will receive diplomas during James Wood High School’s graduation ceremony. Jordan Romero, the author of No Summit Out of Sight, will serve as the commencement speaker. In 2010, at the age of 13, Romero became the youngest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. At the age of 15, he became the youngest person to reach the summits of the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. His book, which students, faculty and staff at James Wood High School read this year as part of the school’s One Book, One School initiative recounts his experiences.

Individuals attending the graduation ceremonies 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 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.

Should inclement weather result in any of the graduation ceremonies being postponed, the information will be communicated via the Frederick County Public Schools’ website, the school division’s Facebook page, the Frederick County Public Schools’ Rapid Communication System and the local media.