Your senior year is a busy time filled with many activities and festivities. With that comes a few deadlines that are key to ensuring you are part of important senior milestones. Please refer to the information on this page and follow the deadlines provided to help you have a successful and memorable year.

Commencement 2021 will be held at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. It is imperative that all seniors adhere to arrival times for our Commencement practice, as well as the actual Commencement ceremony; therefore, please take a few minutes along with your child to review the following information very thoroughly. 

Important Dates (additional details for each event are available below)

May 21:

  • Seniors last day for in-person classes at GMHS and BCTC
  • Junior-Senior Prom

May 24:

  • Mandatory Commencement Practice, Parade and Senior Breakfast
  • Senior Awards Ceremony

May 25-26:  Seniors attend classes synchronously through Google MEET

May 27:  Seniors complete ASYNCHRONOUS work for classes

May 27-28:

  • ALL obligations MUST be cleared in order to participate in Commencement practice
  • Senior Chromebook & Accessory return – Drive up

June 3:  Baccalaureate

June 4:  Commencement at FirstEnergy Stadium


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

MANDATORY COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE – MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021 

  • Mandatory Commencement practice will be held from 7:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m on Monday, May 24, 2021 at the GM Intermediate School. All seniors must check-in by 7:10 a.m. As part of this practice, all seniors will receive a free breakfast and parade past GMSD elementary schools in their caps and gowns to inspire current students  to reach their graduation goal. Brecknock Elementary will not be included in the senior parade this year. Your child does not have to return to GMHS afterwards.
  • 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 six  tickets.       
    • All guests (including children) must present a ticket in order to enter the ceremony on June 4.  
    • 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.                                    
    • This is a mandatory senior activity. If your child is not present at this practice, they will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony on June 4, 2021. If your child is quarantined on the day of the Commencement practice, it is their responsibility to reach out to either Miss Rowlands or Miss Blair for Commencement instructions.

SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY – MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021

The annual Senior Awards Ceremony will be held in the high school auditorium on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. All those in attendance will be required to wear a mask and be socially distanced. The honoree and two guests only will sit together, six feet apart from others. Entrance is by ticket only; three tickets will be included in the invitation. 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! We are planning to stream this year’s ceremony 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.

SENIOR OBLIGATIONS MUST BE FULFILLED – FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021

In order for your senior to participate in the events listed within this letter, they must clear ALL obligations by Friday, May 28, 2021. Examples of obligations include, but are not limited to the following: outstanding lunch money, outstanding activity fees, and the return of textbooks, Chromebooks & accessories, library books and athletic uniforms. Please ask your child to see Mrs. Redcay in the main office prior to Friday, May 28, 2021. If your child’s Chromebook charger is lost, there is a $40 fee that must be paid at the time their Chromebook is turned in. If our Tech Department determines there is damage to your senior’s Chromebook, an invoice will be generated and sent to your home address during the early part of June. Chromebook drop-offs will take place on Thursday, May 27 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the library parking lot and on Friday, May 28 in front of the auditorium from 8:00-10:00 a.m., 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. All seniors must drop off their Chromebooks during one of these time slots. NOTE: If your child has a home device to use for synchronous and asynchronous work, their Chromebook can be dropped off between 7:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 24 – Thursday, May 27 at the outside door of the library entrance. 

BACCALAUREATE – THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021

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 virtually on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Participation in this service is voluntary. Parents and students have organized this service and welcome your online attendance. You are encouraged to invite your family, friends and faith leaders to watch this event. We are planning to stream Baccalaureate 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 – FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2021

  • Commencement begins at 6:30 p.m. All seniors and guests must report to FirstEnergy Stadium no later than 5:45 p.m.
  • The rain date for Commencement is Saturday, June 5, time TBD.
  • Seniors must bring their cap and gown to COMMENCEMENT – DO NOT IRON THE GOWN.
  • Other than one car key, seniors are not permitted to bring additional items into FirstEnergy Stadium. Please drive together with your guests/family and leave your personal items with them – there is no extra room on the field. 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. FirstEnergy security will remove disruptive guests.
  • All guests (including children) must present a ticket in order to enter the ceremony.
  • Each senior will receive six tickets. 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

May 21:
Seniors last day for in-person classes
Junior-Senior Prom

May 24:
Mandatory Commencement Practice
Senior Parade and Senior Breakfast
Senior Awards Ceremony

May 25-26:  
Seniors attend classes synchronously

May 27: 
Asynchronous classes

May 27-28:
ALL obligations due
Senior Chromebook & Accessory return

June 3:
Baccalaureate

June 4:
Commencement at FirstEnergy Stadium