Loudoun’s 2016 Graduation Speakers Set

Loudoun County Public Schools has announced its lineup of graduation speakers for this year’s 18 commencement and completion ceremonies.

The list of men and women who will formally send off the county school system’s class of 2016 includes Grammy-award winning poet and performer J. Ivy, News4 reporter David Culver, and Medal of Freedom recipient Bonnie Carroll.

The end-of-year ceremonies run through June 16, with the first one, the CAMPUS graduation ceremony, held Wednesday, May 16. See the full list of speakers and the graduation schedule in alphabetical order here:

Academy of Science grads will hear from Katherine Kamis, a member of the school’s class of 2012. The ceremony is 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Loudoun County school administration building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn.

Wayde Byard, Loudoun school system’s public information officer, will address Briar Woods’ class of 2016. He’s become popular among students for his snow day calls. The ceremony is at 8 p.m. June 13 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle in Fairfax.

J. Ivy, a Grammy, Peabody, Clio and NAACP Image award-winning hip-hop poet, will speak at Broad Run High School’s commencement ceremony. Ivy won a Grammy for his performance on Kanye West’s debut album “The College Dropout.” He performed at Broad Run earlier this year as students and staff took part in a letter writing campaign inspired by his book “Dear Father.” The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. June 12 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Jason Belser, founder of Athlete Asset Management and former NFL player, will address students at the CAMPUS ceremony. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Loudoun County school administration building.

John Champe High School grads will hear from News4 Today anchor David Culver. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 16 in the high school’s gym, 41535 Sacred Mountain St. in Aldie.

Dominion High School’s class of 2016 will hear from Scott Russell, who teaches personal finance, computer information systems and accounting at the school. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. June 12 in Dominion’s gym, 21326 Augusta Drive in Sterling.

Loudoun schools Superintendent Eric Williams will speak at Douglass School’s graduation ceremony, held at 10 a.m. June 7 at the school, 407 E. Market St. in Leesburg.

Alexis Chaet, Freedom High School’s 2012 valedictorian, will address the school’s class of 2016. Chaet was named a Global Health Scholar and served on the Center for Global Health student advisory board for three years. The ceremony is at 7 p.m. June 14 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Heritage High School’s Athletic Director Ronald Petrella will speak to the school’s graduates. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. June 14 in the high school’s stadium, at 520 Evergreen Mills Road in Leesburg.

Loudoun County High School grads will hear from one of their classmates, Zachary Van Tol at a ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. June 15 on the school’s lawn, at 415 Dry Mill Road SW in Leesburg.

Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and a 2015 recipient of the Medal of Freedom, will address Loudoun Valley High School graduates. The ceremony is 9 a.m. June 15 in the high school’s stadium, at 340 N Maple Ave. in Purcellville.

Monroe Technology Center graduates will hear from their former principal, Wagner Grier. Grier served as principal of Monroe from 2003 to 2015, when he retired. The ceremony is at 7 p.m. June 8 at Tuscarora High School, 801 N. King St. in Leesburg.

Park View High School teacher Michael Aaron Vereb will speak to the school’s class of 2016. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. June 12 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Potomac Falls High School English teacher Jason Walker will address the school’s graduates. The high school’s senior class has a long standing tradition of choosing a teacher as its graduation speaker. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. June 16 at Rock Ridge High School, 43460 Loudoun Reserve Drive in Ashburn.

Stone Bridge High School grads will hear from the school’s director of choral activities Debbie Settle at a ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. June 13 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Tuscarora High School’s class of 2016 will get its official send off from Danny Chu, executive director of the 5C Technology Academy of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC, and CEO and founder of Digipixart. The ceremony is at 8:30 a.m. June 16 in the school’s stadium, 801 N. King St. in Leesburg.

Muriel Forrest, co-founder of the Faith and Family Foundation at Wheatland Farm, will address Woodgrove High School graduates at a ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. June 16 in the school’s stadium, at 36811 Allder School Road in Purcellville.

Read more about the speakers and the grad parties here.

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