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Class of 2021

Senior Advisory Team

Suwana Reavis
12th Grade Counselor

Donna Hollis
Senior Picture, Prom, Cap & Gown

Angela Jones
Productions (Senior Awards & Graduation)

Important Dates to Remember

Final Exams
Thursday, June 3rd to Thursday, June 10th

Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 5:00pm – 9:00pm @ Duke Ellington School of the Arts (3500 R St NW) CLICK HERE to purchase tickets – Click here for flyer

Seniors Last Day of School
Friday, June 11, 2021 (Deadline to drop off technology and departmental items in-person.)

“Senior Celebration” Social Media Campaign
Begins Monday, June 14 (click here or email

In-Person Senior Clearance
11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Monday, June 14 Drop off technology, textbooks, and department items; clear out lockers

Cap & Gown Drive-Through Pick-up
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @11:00am – 2:00pm

Senior Awards
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 10:00am – Mandatory attendance for all seniors participating in graduation

Graduation Rehearsal
Thursday, June 17, 2021 @11:00am – 2:00pm

Senior Class Cookout
Thursday, June 17, 2021 – After graduation rehearsal until 5 p.m.

“Vid Hugs” Submission Due
Friday, June 18 (send this link to loved ones) – It’s a group video that’s quick and easy. Just send to your loved ones and they can be part of our memorable celebration! Videos will be shared after graduation.

Saturday, June 19th, 2021 3:00pm

Each student receives two tickets. Seniors must arrive by noon; doors open at 1:30 p.m. RSVP information forthcoming

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In-Person Graduation Celebration guidelines – Click here

Commencement Speaker – Christine Platt is a modern-day Renaissance woman. From serving as an advocate for policy reform to using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s work reflects her practice of living with intention. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, M.A. in African-American Studies, and a J.D. in General Law. An award-winning author, Christine has written over two dozen literary works for people of all ages. When she’s not writing, Christine spends her time curating The Afrominimalist, a creative platform chronicling her journey to intentional living. She currently serves as the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University.

Senior Fees

Arts Fees: $200 – Deadline date: May 28th

Senior Dues and Cap & Gown
$140 Payment – Deadline date: May 28th. If payment plan is desired, please contact

Senior Clearance

  • Please note that if Arts Fees are missing for a school year, this will delay clearance.
  • Last day of 2020-2021 School Year for Senior Cohort TBD, to include textbooks, equipment, final assignments information. Clearance sheets will be available in the Counseling Suite in June 2021

Senior Portraits

It’s way too early to tell what will happen next summer, how the pandemic might affect activities typically associated with high school seniors and commencement.

However, the desire to mark their milestone will be as strong as ever for students and their families. To that end, Ellington has partnered with Lifetouch Studios for Class of 2021 senior portraits.

Several safety measures are in effect due to Covid-19 and walk-up appointments are prohibited at this time. Seniors must 410-644-7700 to schedule a photoshoot at one of two locations: 15720 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville MD; or 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA.

Please click here for more information and click here for safety protocols