Graduation for the Class of 2020
7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at DAR Constitutional Hall located at 18th and D Streets NW, Washington, DC.
For directions and a map, please check the website: http://www.dar.org.
Participation in the commencement exercises is a privilege and as such comes with certain expectations. Among these expectations are:
- Seniors must have met all academic requirements for graduation.
- Seniors must have settled all accounts with the Finance Office. This includes all school fees, fines, senior dues, and obligations.
- Seniors must attend the Graduation rehearsal on Monday, June 1.
Participation is also contingent on adherence to the FCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities.
In keeping with the dignity of the ceremony, our dress code for Graduation is the following:
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The FCPS dress code is still enforced as this is a school event.
Caps and gowns will be distributed prior to Convocation which will occur on May 28. Please be aware that all financial obligations including parking fines, outstanding Senior Class Dues, etc. must be cleared in order for students to receive their cap and gown and graduation tickets. Please check with Brittany Allen (@email) at the front desk to submit a check or items to the Main Office as soon as possible.
Each graduate will receive five (5) guest tickets (graduates do not need a ticket). All guests must have a ticket to enter Constitution Hall. Guests without tickets will not be permitted to enter the building by the Security Staff of Constitution Hall. Tickets will be distributed to the students at graduation rehearsal on June 1.
We realize that some graduates may need more than five (5) guest tickets while others may need fewer tickets. Families can make arrangements to give tickets to others as needed. Additionally, requests for one (1) additional ticket can be made through this Google Form by Friday, May 15, 2020. There are a limited number of extra tickets that will be available until all are distributed.
If special seating is needed for someone with a disability or mobility issues, please contact Erin Kennedy at @email by May 22 to arrange for special accommodations. Each disabled guest will need a ticket that will count toward the five-ticket limit. If necessary, one adult may sit with the guest requiring special seating.
Friends and family who are not able to attend will still be able to watch the ceremony, as we will be live streaming graduation. The live streaming will be available through a specific link that will be activated and shared with the graduates and their families in the week prior to the event.
Everyone's cooperation is needed to ensure a dignified ceremony. Each graduate deserves the same level of recognition and respect; therefore, caps and gowns must be free of messages, and students and their guests should not bring noisemakers, beach balls, balloons, or other objects that might diminish this very important event. If you choose to bring a cell phone, please turn it off during the ceremony. DAR Constitution Hall provides security for their events and will immediately escort any violators from the ceremony.
Constitution Hall and Parking
The doors at Constitution Hall will open at 6:00 p.m. for guests. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. It is important for guests to arrive early as doors to the hall will close temporarily at 6:55 p.m. and will not re-open until after the processional. The two closest parking lots are Colonial Parking (Lot 91) located at 1800 G Street NW and Diplomat Parking (Lot 612) located at 1776 G Street NW. The closest metro stop is Foggy Bottom; it is about an eight-block walk from this stop to Constitution Hall. Guests must use the doors on 18th Street to enter the building. Please allow ample time to arrive as DC traffic and street closings can be unpredictable.
Parking can be reserved in advance by visiting the website www.ecolonial.com.
Handicap parking is limited. DAR Constitution Hall access for persons with mobility disabilities is through the entrance doors on D Street. The ramp on D Street may be accessed by vehicles for dropping off patrons with mobility disabilities. The D Street ramp is at the lobby level. There is no parking on the D Street Drive. Families should plan on dropping off members with mobility disabilities and then finding a spot in a nearby lot.
Transportation for Graduates
Graduates must be at DAR Constitution Hall by no later than 6:15 p.m. Graduates may use their own transportation to get to DAR or they may choose to ride a school provided bus from Madison. Graduates choosing to take the bus should arrive at Madison by 4:30 p.m. and go to the auditorium and must be properly dressed. Students will not be able to carry items into Constitution Hall or store belongings on the bus. All items, including purses, must be left in vehicles at school or at home. Buses will depart at 5:00 p.m. This is a one-way trip; transportation back to Madison will not be provided.
A professional photographer will photograph each graduate as he/she receives his/her diploma. Within 7-10 days of the ceremony, each graduate will be contacted via email with a link to an online photo gallery to view and order pictures. Parent photographers must remain in their seats; the use of tripods is not permitted.
For those interested, graduation announcements and other graduation related merchandise may be purchased from Balfour at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/vienna/james-madison-high-school.
Video of Ceremony
A professional videographer will record each graduate as he/she receives his/her diploma. Order information to purchase a DVD of the ceremony will be shared with graduates and their families in the beginning of June.
This is a time to formally recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 as they leave Madison High School. As a school, we are all very proud of the Class of 2020 and their accomplishments!