Dear Bullis Senior Students and Parents,
I want to share some information with you regarding plans for our graduating seniors, and also want to thank you all for everything you have been doing over these past complicated weeks. Seniors, as you come to the end of your Bullis days, you have shown extraordinary spirit under the circumstances. I could not be more proud of you. Although the situation prevents us from acknowledging our graduating class in the usual way, we plan to fully recognize you and have a few surprises planned.
Mr. Pollicino and I would like to thank you, our senior class, for the leadership you have shown this past year and especially over the past few months. We are humbled by the service work some of you have undertaken, the support you have provided your teammates, and of course, the academic excellence portrayed in our Signature Program Symposium. Although this year is not closing the way most of us envisioned, we are working together as a school to provide a positive and meaningful end to your Bullis career.
On Thursday, May 14, the last day of classes for seniors, some surprises will arrive in email, with other surprises planned for the class on June 1, which would have been the day of commencement ceremonies. I want to thank the Parents Association and the Alumni Office for providing these gifts to our 2020 seniors.
As we continue to form and finalize plans regarding the Class of 2020, please note the information below. Some dates are decided, while others (such as graduation) are still tentative.
- May 11-22: AP Exams
- May 14: Last Day of classes for seniors
- May 18-29: Opportunity for students to improve grades through our no-harm grading policy
- May 25: Memorial Day and school holiday
- May 29: Senior Awards video shared with all families
- June 1: Pick up nameplates from lockers, class mugs and a special gift from senior parents, and the Bullis advancement and alumni office
- June/July: Yearbooks shipped directly to you from Jostens (Bullis will cover the shipping cost)
- July 18, August 15, or November 27: Possible dates for commencement TBD
Prom is also under discussion and TBD. We are unable to hold a prom event until Maryland relaxes social distancing guidelines.
If commencement were to be held on the July or August dates, we would have a pageant-type event on campus at the Stadium, with displays on the Jumbotron, and the students wearing full regalia (caps and gowns). An event on the November date would be held at the Strathmore Center.
However, circumstances remain unpredictable and so final decisions cannot be made at this time. As a Maryland independent school, we will continue to follow the recommendations of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. We also want to provide the best graduation experience we can for the Bullis Class of 2020, with all the pomp and circumstance and tributes that our fully deserve as they cross this very important milestone.
We are very interested in knowing your preferred date as we decide the optimum date for graduation. Feedback from parents and seniors will be an invaluable help. Please let me know your date choice by Friday, May 15. You can email me directly.
We are excited about a special surprise planned for the students which no other Bullis graduating class has received, to be revealed on June 1.
Also, I am pleased to share with you this incredible drone video created by Technology Network Manager Ty Lloyd, an FAA certified sUAS pilot, as a special tribute to the Class of 2020. Please scroll down to watch it.
Thank you again for your collaborative belief in Bullis and in the wonderful Class of 2020!
My best regards,
Gerald L. Boarman, Ed.D.