2020 Graduation Schedule

2020 Graduation Information


Graduation Date and Time - Graduation will be held at the George Mason University Eagle Bank Arena, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030, on Monday June 1st at 7:30 p.m.

The ceremony will last about 2 hours.


Doors and Tickets – Tickets are not required. Seating will be first come, first served.  The doors open one hour prior to the start of the event. Students must arrive and be seated by 6:30 p.m. Students will proceed out of the Eagle Bank Arena using the North Tunnel. Parents and students should meet at the North Entrance after the ceremony concludes.  Please make exit arrangements with family prior to graduation since the Eagle Bank Arena will be clearing the parking lot quickly.


Caps, Gowns, and Graduation - All financial obligations must be paid before May 28th in order to be issued a cap and gown. Payments should be made on MySchoolBucks.com.  It is advised to finalize all fees & obligations prior to the May 28th deadline, as fees will take an extensive time to finalize on May 28. Caps & Gowns will be issued after graduation practice on Thursday, May 28th, to those whose fees & obligations are paid. If you do not pass your classes and pay your fees & obligations, you will not be allowed to participate in graduation.  It is your responsibility to check with Ms. Angela Pilcher in the finance office (703- 924-8015) to see if you owe money and then make payments MySchoolBucks.com. If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please go to sub school 1 to fill out an order form. 


Accessible Seating – The main entries are wheelchair accessible; there are no steps or elevators to negotiate. Accessible parking is available outside the South Entry and a drop-off area is available at the West Entry. Special seating for handicapped individuals is available.  You may request this seating from the ushers when you enter the center.  If you have special needs beyond this, please let Kathleen Racek (ktracek@fcps.edu), graduation coordinator; know in writing before Friday, May 15.


Transportation and Parking - All students, families and guests are responsible for their own transportation to the Eagle Bank Arena.  Parking can be limited so please carpool when possible. Parking will be handled by the Eagle Bank Arena traffic marshals and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For directions or parking information, please visit the George Mason University visitor website: http://www.gmu.edu/resources/visitors/.


What Graduates Are to Wear - As a young adult, you have learned that there is a time and place for everything.  Our graduation ceremony is a time to act, dress, and behave as our best selves.   Graduates and visitors are expected to dress appropriately and behave respectfully.  Please keep in mind the FCPS Dress Code that is listed in SR&R.  Dress for girls: dress (not short), skirt (not short) and blouse or nice pants with shoes or nice sandals.  Dress for boys: pants (no jeans or shorts), collared dress shirt and tie with dark dress shoes.  Absolutely no jeans, shorts, sneakers, tennis shoes or flip flops for anyone! Students are to dress appropriately.   If a student is not dressed appropriately or displays inappropriate behavior, he/she will be removed from the ceremony and will not be allowed to walk across the stage.  If a student needs assistance, please see your counselor; we will be happy to help. 


Prohibited Items -The following are prohibited in the Eagle Bank Arena:

  • Noise makers of any kind
  • Helium balloons, beach balls, silly string, bubbles and any other material which can be thrown and/or projected inside
  • Decorations and/or alterations of cap or gown. Decorated caps will be confiscated.


Violation of these rules could result in your removal from the center by GMU security even if you have not received your diploma.  If you do not receive your diploma at graduation, then you need to schedule an appointment to pick it up at Edison the following week.


Students will not be able to have cell phones or any electronic devices with them, at their seats, on the floor of the Eagle Bank Arena.  The security team will be checking students before graduation begins and will confiscate any items that violate the Eagle Bank Arena rules.


Behavior Expectations - We need to respect and honor the rules and expectations of the Eagle Bank Arena. Graduation is a dignified ceremony to recognize your accomplishments and to present you to the public as enlightened citizens. Be respectful of the ceremony and the speakers. Hopefully, this will set the stage for future goals and accomplishments. Graduation is a time to be honored; celebrations should come later with family and/or at graduation parties.


Photography - Individual pictures of graduates receiving their diplomas will be taken by Life Touch. You will receive a post card in the mail from Lifetouch to the parent/guardian with options to purchase a graduation hand shake picture of your student. Additional information and access to commencement images may be obtained by visiting http://events.lifetouch.com.









  • Prom & Senior Picnic - Senior Class Sponsors
      • Brittany Harris(@email), Room E112(Advisory)
      • Mike Weber(@email), Room A127(Advisory)


  • Correct Name on Diploma - Krystal Brooks(klbrooks@fcps.edu), Student Services, (703)924-8022


  • Graduation Announcements, Class of 2020 Rings, Class of 2020 Gear


  • Graduation Rehearsals - Kathleen Racek(@email), Room D126(Advisory)


  • Yearbook - Liz Weiderhold(@email), Room C206(Advisory)


  • Senior Pictures, Cap & Gown Pictures, Graduation Pictures - Lifetouch, (800)736 - 4775


  • Class Administrator, Administrator Assistant, Cap & Gown Sizing
      • Mike Cohen(@email), (703)924-8151, Sub School 1
      • Linda Hirschhorn(@email), (703)924-8250, Sub School 1


  • Senior Dues, Fees & Obligations - MySchoolBucks.com (see Mrs. Hirschhorn with questions)









All graduation practices and meetings are mandatory!  The meetings will start at the times listed.  Do not be late.  Remember:  All FCPS substance abuse and behavioral standards must be upheld for all graduation-related events.


TUESDAY May 26th


Senior Picnic: May 26th @ 11:30 a.m.


Graduation Rehearsal 1: 2:00 in the gym AT EDISON

  • Receive line up assignments
  • Discuss decorum and protocol
  • Practice line up - with Junior Marshalls & Faculty escorts
  • Discuss procedures for processional, receiving of diplomas and recessional


Senior Awards Ceremony:  7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium AT EDISON

  • Seniors should be dressed appropriately for an awards ceremony.
  • Parents of honorees are invited.
  • Awardees Reception to follow in cafeteria




Graduation Rehearsal 2:  2:15 p.m. in the gym AT EDISON (Notice the TIME is different)

  • Full rehearsal to include processional, receiving of diplomas, and recessional with Jr. Marshals and Faculty escorts
  • Review of protocol and procedures




Graduation Rehearsal 3:  9:00 a.m. in the gym AT EDISON (Notice the TIME is different)

  • Full rehearsal to include processional, receiving of diplomas
  • Review of protocol and procedures


Caps and Gowns Distributed: Directly after rehearsal (10:00 AM)

Caps and gowns will be distributed to those who have met ALL obligations. 





Graduation: 7:30 p.m. at the Eagle Bank Arena,

George Mason University **** Students are to arrive at 6:30 p.m. ****


All Night Grad Party: 11:00 p.m. at Lee District Rec Center





Edison High School Graduation Floor Layout - Eagle Bank Arena