Class of 2019; it’s almost here – GRADUATION!

The following is a list of upcoming senior events.  You may have already received events and times, but hopefully this will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Wednesday, April 17 during both lunches, Jostens will be in the cafeteria to hand out graduation announcements that have been previously ordered. Jostens usually has extra announcements that can be purchased, so if you did not order announcements, you can check with them.

Friday, April 26 at 9:45 a.m. in the RAL Auditorium

Wednesday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the RAL Auditorium. This is a social time for parents and seniors to meet with faculty and friends. Dress should be appropriate for an afternoon spring reception. There will be refreshments in the front hallway afterwards.

Wednesday, May 29, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Thursday, May 30 from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign-ups to participate will take place in the ASB Office sometime in May. Please listen for updates during announcements. Parents, families and students are encouraged to come and support the RAL Seniors and Staff.

Thursday, May 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 in the RAL Auditorium.

Friday, May 31 – be there at 8:30 a.m. in the RAL Auditorium. Dress up. You will be sitting on the stage in front of your peers, parents and community members. This is an assembly held for students, parents and friends to honor graduating seniors. Many community representatives will be presenting scholarships and awards to seniors. This assembly is held during the school day to allow all students to attend. Parents are welcome to come as well. Ladies – do not wear short skirts!!!!

Saturday, June 1,  9:00 p.m. to midnight at The Expo Center.

Monday, June 3 at 2:45 p.m. Seniors meet in front of RAL. This is a picnic for ALL seniors. Buses leave RAL at 2:45 p.m. If you wish to attend, you must ride the bus. The first bus returns to RAL at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5 starting 6th period, you will be given a check-out card. Check-out will continue the next day, Thursday, June 6 (periods 1st through 5th). Final clearance is 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. All fines must be cleared or you will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. All graduation requirements must be passed by noon on Wednesday, June 5th.

Thursday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Thursday June at 7:00 p.m. in the RAL Auditorium. This is a religious service sponsored by the Longview Ministerial Association honoring the graduating seniors. Wear your gowns, but not your cap and meet in the auditorium at 6:15 p.m. This is a formal affair.

Friday, June 7 at 9:00 a.m. report promptly! Commencement practice is at the stadium.

Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Longview Memorial Stadium. Black or dark shoes are preferred. Be in the north stands by 6:30 p.m. The public will be seated in the stadium. Handicapped seating is available below the stadium. No tickets are needed.

Pick up your actual diploma after the graduation ceremony in the annex (soccer room) behind the stadium (you will be handed an empty diploma cover during the graduation ceremony).

Saturday, June 8 after the graduation ceremony. Graduation party is from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at the Expo Center in Longview. We will have food, prizes and games! We are asking for seniors and parents to help fundraise or do a buyout of $100.00 (please email for more information). Prizes donated would also help. We need volunteers to help out for various fundraisers and the night of the graduation party (shifts are welcome). For more information or if you would like to help out please contact the parent committee by email or please send a text or call Ariane Boldt at 360-957-5352.

Final transcripts will be forwarded to colleges the week of June 24.  To have your final transcript sent to your college/university, please be sure to complete a request form with Dianne Morrow in the Guidance Office.

Be sure you keep us posted on any awards, honors or scholarships you receive (even those you turn down). We like to recognize seniors who have received awards and scholarships and will print these in the commencement program. Deadline to submit information for the commencement insert is Wednesday, May 29.

If you receive an RAL Scholarship, you will need to provide your 1st quarter college grades and college student ID number to Jaimie Barchus in the ASB Office in order for her to send your RAL Scholarship funds to the college/university. Instructions will be provided in a letter that you will receive upon notification of receiving an RAL scholarship.

If you have received ANY scholarship funds from any organization, it is important to thank them for their generosity. Please remember to do this as it shows respect and gratitude to all the people who make it possible for you to continue with your future goals. If you would like blank note cards and envelopes, there will be some available in the Guidance Office.

CAPS AND GOWNS – IF YOU HAVEN’T ORDERED YET: If you haven’t already ordered your cap and gown, please contact Jostens as soon as possible.  Their contact information is:  website;  phone – 360-944-7959 or email.

Finally, we really hope you enjoy these upcoming senior events. Your high school experience is coming to a close, and we hope these activities will allow you to celebrate your success and take with you some good final memories.


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