The year has flown by, and we are very busy preparing for the big day! Commencement 2022 will be held at the  Santander Arena in Reading on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. It is imperative that all seniors adhere to arrival times for our two Commencement practices, as well as the actual Commencement ceremony; therefore, please take a few minutes along with your child to review the following information very thoroughly. 

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Important Dates (click on each activity for specific information)

  • Wednesday, May 18
  • All senior obligations must be paid in-full or items returned to Mrs. Redcay in the main office.
  • Thursday, May 19
  • All-Sports Ceremony, GMHS auditorium; 6:30 p.m. (also streamed on the GMSD Facebook page)
  • Saturday, May 21
  • Junior/Senior Prom; DoubleTree by Hilton Head Reading; 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 23
      • Seniors last day at GMHS.
      • Seniors last day at BCTC unless a senior student needs additional hours. All additional hours must be approved by the student’s BCTC instructor. Last day for all BCTC students at the career centers is Friday, June 3. From May 23-27: standard transportation to and from GMHS will be provided by district buses; BCTC will provide transportation to and from the BCTC campuses. Buses will depart GMHS at 7:30 a.m. and return at approximately 10:45 a.m. From May 31-June 3:  GMSD will be utilizing alternative bus numbers and bus stops. It is the responsibility of your child to get this updated transportation information directly from his or her morning GMSD bus driver PRIOR to Tuesday, May 31. Please ask your son or daughter to stop and talk to the driver when boarding their GMSD bus. The driver will be able to share your child’s alternative bus number and bus stop. Again, final day for seniors at BCTC will depend on whether or not they need additional hours and if the hours are approved by the instructor.
      • Senior Awards Ceremony; GMHS auditorium; 6:30 p.m. (also streamed on the GMSD Facebook page)
  • Tuesday, May 24
  • Mandatory senior class breakfast, GM Intermediate School; 6:30 a.m.
      • First mandatory Commencement practice and senior parades, GM Intermediate School, all seniors must check in at GMIS by 7:10 a.m. after breakfast
      • GM Music Department Awards Ceremony, GMHS auditorium; 7:00 p.m. (also streamed on the GMSD Facebook page)
  • Wednesday, May 25 
      • Second mandatory Commencement practice; Santander Arena, all seniors must check in at GMHS by 8:45 a.m.; buses depart at 9:00 a.m., and we will return to GMHS at approximately 12:30 p.m. Please note: your child must use the transportation provided by the district. Upon their return, seniors will not be allowed back into GMHS unless they have obligations to handle in the main office.
  • Thursday, May 26
      • Senior Class Trip (optional – for those students who signed up); Six Flags Great Adventure; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • Baccalaureate (optional); GMHS auditorium; 7:00 p.m. (also streamed on the GMSD Facebook page)
  • Friday, May 27
  • Commencement Ceremony; Santander Arena; 6:00 p.m; all seniors must report and enter Santander Arena’s side entrance across from the DoubleTree by Hilton no later than 5:15 p.m. Guests will enter  through the main entrance.
  • Monday, May 30
      • Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 31
    • BCTC Senior Recognition Night, Santander Arena, 6:30 p.m.

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NOTE: The details of each event listed below are subject to change.

SENIOR OBLIGATIONS MUST BE FULFILLED – MAY 18

In order for your child to participate in the events listed within this letter, they must clear ALL obligations by Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Examples of obligations include, but are not limited to the following: outstanding activity fees; the return of textbooks, library books, and athletic uniforms; as well as pre-existing Chromebook related-fees. Please ask your child to see Mrs. Redcay in the main office prior to Wednesday, May 18, 2022. 

SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY – MAY 23

The annual Senior Awards Ceremony will be held in the high school auditorium on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. At this ceremony, we will be recognizing select members of this year’s graduating class for their achievements and contributions to our community. If your senior receives an invitation to attend this special event, we certainly hope you make every effort to attend, too!  This year’s ceremony will be streamed on the Governor Mifflin School District’s Facebook page. As we get closer to the event, please refer to the GMSD website and Facebook page for additional details.

FIRST MANDATORY COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE – MAY 24

  • Prior to the first mandatory Commencement practice, a mandatory senior class breakfast will take place at the GM Intermediate school at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. All seniors must check-in by 6:20 a.m.
  • The first mandatory Commencement practice will be held from 7:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at the GM Intermediate School. As part of this practice, all seniors will parade through a GMSD elementary school, GMIS or GMMS in their caps and gowns to inspire current students to reach their graduation goal! Your child does not have to return to GMHS after practice.
  • If your son or daughter is not present at this practice, he or she will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 27, 2022. In addition, if your child is quarantined on the day of the Commencement practice, it will be their responsibility to reach out to either Miss Rowlands or Miss Blair for Commencement instructions.
  • Dress Attire: To make sure each graduate has appropriate attire for Commencement, all seniors must dress for practice like this is Commencement. Females are required to wear a dress, skirt, or dress slacks. Males are required to wear dress slacks, a dress shirt, preferably white, and a tie. All seniors must wear dress shoes – no sneakers, flip-flops, boots, or other casual footwear will be allowed. If your child does not wear the appropriate attire, he/she will not be allowed to participate in Commencement. Females are encouraged NOT to wear heels on this day as we will be parading/walking immediately after practice.
  • A senior group photo will be taken at this practice. 
    • Purdon will be selling the photograph for $10.00.
    • If you would like to purchase the class photo, please give your money to Ms. Rowlands by May 23 (last day for seniors in the school).
    • The photograph will be distributed at Commencement.
  • Distribution of caps, gowns and Commencement tickets:
    • All obligations must be fulfilled before caps, gowns and tickets are issued to a graduating senior.
    • Each senior will receive ten tickets.       
    • All guests (including children) must present a ticket in order to enter the ceremony on May 27.  
    • Please also understand that this is a very important occasion for your child, and the reverence of the ceremony is vital; please consider this when deciding on who will be attending the Commencement ceremony.                                    

SECOND MANDATORY COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE – MAY 25

  • The second mandatory Commencement practice will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at the Santander Arena.
  • ALL seniors must check in at GMHS by 8:45 a.m.; buses depart at 9:00 a.m., and we will return to GMHS at approximately 

12:30 p.m. Please note: your child must use the transportation provided by the district. 

  • If your son or daughter is not present at practice, he or she will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement ceremony 
  • Dress for this practice is casual. The Santander Arena can be quite cold; therefore, we suggest all students bring an extra layer.
  • Seniors will not be permitted back in the high school unless they are paying for an obligation.

BACCALAUREATE – MAY 26

This event is an interfaith service for seniors, their families and the community. The service will include music, a slide show, and student, faculty and community speakers sharing reflections and words of encouragement to the senior class. It will be held on Thursday, 

May 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium with a reception immediately following the service. Participation in this service is optional. Parents and students have organized this service and welcome your attendance. This year’s service will be streamed on the Governor Mifflin School District’s Facebook page. As we get closer to the event, please refer to the GMSD website and Facebook page for additional details.

COMMENCEMENT – MAY 27

  • Commencement begins at 6:00 p.m. All seniors must report to Santander Arena’s side entrance across from the DoubleTree by Hilton no later than 5:15 p.m.  Guests will enter through the front entrance of the arena with their ticket.
  • Seniors must bring their cap and gown to COMMENCEMENT – DO NOT IRON THE GOWN.
  • Graduate dress attire: Females are required to wear a dress, skirt, or dress slacks. Males are required to wear dress slacks, a dress shirt, preferably white, and a tie. All seniors must wear dress shoes – no sneakers, flip-flops, boots, or other casual footwear will be allowed. If your child does not wear the appropriate attire, he/she will not be allowed to participate in Commencement. Please be cautious about walking up stairs and across the stage when deciding on heels.
  • Other than one car key, seniors are not permitted to bring additional items into Santander Arena. Please drive together with your guests/family and leave your personal items with them. All items will be confiscated and returned to the students at the conclusion of the ceremony.
  • Please remember, this is a solemn occasion and catcalling, foot stomping, noise makers, etc. are completely inappropriate. You are discouraged from bringing the following into the facility: signs, balloons, gifts, etc. Santander security will remove disruptive guests. 
  • All guests (including children) must present a ticket in order to enter the ceremony.
  • The ceremony will be broadcasted LIVE for everyone at home to watch. Please refer to the GMSD website and Facebook page for additional details.
Governor Mifflin Seniors

Graduation Coordinators
Brianna Rowlands
brianna.rowlands@gmsd.org

Emma Blair
emma.blair@gmsd.org

Important Dates

TBD