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Attention SENIORS: Graduating Class of 2023 Information

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 8:22am


The commencement date for the AHS Class of 2023 has not been set and will be announced at a lated date.
Find more information from HCPSS here.


Students and guests are strongly encouraged to ride together and must park in the assigned lots when arriving at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Parking attendants will facilitate parking for all HCPSS commencement ceremonies and will redirect guests if/when lots are full. Please follow the signs and direction of the parking attendants to make the event run as smoothly as possible.

Parking lots will open one hour prior to each ceremony’s start time. Guests who arrive earlier will not be allowed to park until the lots open.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, please make every effort to vacate the parking lot as quickly as possible so that parking is available for the graduation ceremony.

Merriweather Lot 1, located just inside the Little Patuxent Parkway at Merriweather Dr., is designated as ADA parking. Please refer to either map. Entrants must have a disability placard and/or license plate. Parking staff also may direct vehicles to other marked ADA spaces if they are available.

Guests with disabilities also may be dropped off and picked up in the identified area near the accessible seating (please refer to maps).

Click here for additional information about PARKING at Merriweather Post Pavilion. 


Graduation Tickets will be distributed from the MEDIA CENTER on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 to students who do not have any financial obligations and return their Chromebook and charger.  
How many tickets are seniors allocated for graduation? The answer is TEN. Each student in the Class of 2022 will be given TEN tickets for the commencement ceremony on June 2. Anyone seeking more than this allocation must contact 


HCPSS will stream each graduation online. Viewers will access the online graduations at the school's scheduled date/time by going to up to 10 minutes prior to each event. Archived videos will be available soon after each graduation's end by selecting the applicable school from the boxes above on that page.

HCPSS also will rebroadcast the graduations on Howard County cable channels 42 (Verizon) and 95 (Comcast) on the schedule below. Please note, rebroadcast schedules are subject to change. Any updates will be posted on this page.

Rebroadcast Schedule for Atholton High School

Friday, June 10, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 12:00 p.m.


Commencement ceremonies are public events and, as such, may be photographed and/or videotaped.

HCPSS will take photos of students in the audience and speakers on stage during each ceremony. Those photos will be available for viewing and/or download on the HCPSS Flickr site ( no later than June 17. Lifetouch will provide photographs of individual students receiving their diplomas. Complimentary proofs are mailed to each graduate, with no obligation to purchase, or may be accessed online.


It is imperative that media and other photographers/videographers do not interfere with the official documenting of commencement events and observe the following guidelines:

Representatives of news outlets should wear their media ID badges in a plain sight. Upon arrival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on the day of the event, check in backstage with Ms. Anne Roy, the school system administrator who oversees commencements.
Follow Ms. Roy’s directions regarding where you will be permitted to stand in order to avoid interfering with the commencement activities.
No photos or video are to be shot from the stage unless special permission is obtained in advance through the Office of Communications (410-313-6682) and/or Ms. Roy. Special permission will not be granted on the day of the commencement.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in removal from the premises.


The last day of school for SENIORS will be Thursday, May 26, 2022. (See schedule below.)
Please click this link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Graduating Seniors and their families for important information.  
If I still have questions, whom do I ask?

With questions about the commencement ceremony, contact graduation coordinators Ms. Jeannette Bonomo-Thomas ( and Ms. Krista Bopst ( 

With questions about graduation eligibility, such as service learning requirements, contact the student’s school counselor (410) 313-7068.

With questions about other senior activities, contact senior class advisor Ms. Emily Dalton (

You may order your Cap and Gown HERE

Don't forget about Senior Portraits and ordering your YEARBOOK!  Find more information here.



The Senior Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm in the AHS auditorium.  All seniors are welcome to attend; however, only those seniors that are receiving a standing award or a stage award will receive an invitation to attend.



Remember! Plan to go to the MEDIA CENTER when called during 5th or 6th period on Tuesday or Wednesday, and on Thursday, you will have all afternoon to turn in items as all seniors are scheduled to be here for the final dress rehearsals and the luncheon. Some of you without a 5th and 6th period this year do not need to worry as Thursday is meant for you! 

Also, Ms. Fowler, AHS bookkeeper, will be here to collect any payments you need to make on these or any other items, so we will be a one-stop shop for you in the media center.

Please do not wait until the last minute to clear obligations.  If you have any questions or special circumstances you want to share about books, Chromebooks, or Chromebook chargers, please stop by the Media Center.  

Thursday, May 19

Senior Picnic -- AHS Stadium (12:15 pm)

Monday, May 23

Period 1 -- Senior Class Meeting
Final Exams -- Periods 5 and 6

Tuesday, May 24

Final Exams -- Periods 2, 3, and 4A

Senior Chromebook & Charger Collection in the MEDIA CENTER – Periods 5 & 6: Students will be called down by last name from 5th or 6th period classes.

Wednesday, May 25

Final Exams -- Periods 1 and 4B

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal (Auditorium) -- Periods 2 and 3

Senior Chromebook & Charger Collection in the MEDIA CENTER – Periods 5 & 6: Students will be called down by last name from 5th or 6th period classes. 

Thursday, May 26

Senior Breakfast -- Period 1

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal (Auditorium) -- Periods 2 and 3

Senior Luncheon (Main Gym) -- Period 4 

FINAL Graduation Rehearsal (Auditorium) -- Period 5                                 

Class Photo (Stadium) -- Period 6

*All students who do not have a 5th or 6th period at AHS can return items after rehearsal or luncheon, AND those students who needed chromebooks until the final day of senior classes.  All returns should be done by the end of the day. 

Senior Awards Ceremony (Auditorium -- By Invitation) -- 7 pm

NO SCHOOL **FOR SENIORS: Friday, May 27, Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31, or Wednesday, June 1

Thursday, June 2

GRADUATION -- Seniors report to Merriwether Post Pavilion at 10:10 am

School Closes at 10 am.  Grades 9 - 11 see the schedule for June 2 here.