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Marshall, Madison Seniors To Graduate Today

Ceremonies planned at Constitution Hall, Robinson High School

The Class of 2012 at Madison and Marshall High Schools will graduate today.

The Marshall High School ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Across town, Madison High School students will walk in cap and gown at 4:30 p.m. at Robinson High School. Their guest speaker is Timothy Buckley, school counselor this year at  Thoreau Middle School and a former counselor at Madison High from 2002-2011.

Check Vienna Patch later in the day and throughout the weekend for continued graduation coverage.

valerie kappler June 15, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Why does Fairfax County think it is fair that some schools graduate at Constitution Hall and others at Robinson Field House? They have ALL worked SO hard. Don't they ALL deserve a nice send off? You can't even hear anyone nor see anyone at Robinson.
Bonnie Horowitz June 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Mr. Buckley is a completely wonderful counselor. So happy he is speaking!
Ramsemom June 15, 2012 at 01:34 PM
When I graduated years ago in Montgomery County we graduated at the Kennedy Center. It took 4 years of fundraising by our class to be able to afford it. It's just what our school did, so each year the classes did the work to get there. I would guess it's the same type of deal.
Erica R. Hendry June 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I've heard from some parents that they prefer Robinson because it's closer and they have more parking (though it can still get tricky!)
Kim June 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I totally agree - he was my son's counselor at Madison and was very helpful and supportive. Thoreau is so lucky to have him.
R. June 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Marshall has used a variety of graduation sites over the years, including South Lakes High School and the Center for the Arts at GMU, as well as their own football field. My three kids plus one exchange student graduated at four different venues. I guess the chosen site has a lot to do with getting there first, since there is such a finite period of days for graduation and so many schools vying for the same spots. As for us, we were just relieved that yet another kid had managed to graduate!
Mozart June 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The largest high schools in FCPS, such as Westfield and Robinson, never graduate at Constitution Hall because their class sizes are too large. However, Madison's class was not too large to graduate there. Distance may have also played a role in FCPS's thinking - Constitution Hall is closer to schools like Langley, McLean and Marshall than it is to Madison.

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