Loudoun’s Graduation Speakers Include Movie Critic, Author, Lawmaker

By Caroline Boras

Loudoun County Public Schools has announced its lineup of graduations speakers for this year’s 19 graduation and completion ceremonies.

The list of men and women who will formally send off the county school system’s class of 2017 includes FOX 5 DC movie critic Kevin McCarthy and author Leslie Morgan Steiner.

The end-of-year ceremonies run through June 13, with the first, the CAMPUS graduation ceremony, held today.

Academy of Science grads will hear from Alex Gagliano, a member of the school’s class of 2013. The ceremony is 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Loudoun County school administration building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn.

Nicole E. Ivey, a 2010 graduate, will address Briar Woods’ class of 2017. She studied economics at Yale and now works as a strategist for Google. The ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. June 12 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle in Fairfax.

Shannon Sheppard, a member of Broad Run High School’s class of 2008, will speak at her alma mater’s commencement ceremony. Sheppard established Broad Run’s week-long breast cancer awareness fundraiser as a sophomore. Now, she is a sports reporter in Buffalo. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. June 11 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Loudoun County Supervisor Koran T. Saines will address students at the CAMPUS ceremony. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Rock Ridge High School, 43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr. in Ashburn.

John Champe High School grads will hear from founder and owner of the Wellness Connection Susan McCormick. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 13 in the high school’s gym, 41535 Sacred Mountain St. in Aldie.

Dominion High School’s class of 2017 will hear from Corey Burns, who teaches social sciences at the school. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. June 11 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 1 at the school, 407 E. Market St. in Leesburg.

Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment at Brandeis University Andrew Flagel will address Freedom High School’s class of 2016. The ceremony is at 2 p.m. June 11 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Virginia Del. J. Randall Minchew (R-10) will speak to Heritage High School’s graduates. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. June 11 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, Stephen Patrick Cypher at a ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. June 12 on the school’s lawn, at 415 Dry Mill Road SW in Leesburg.

Claudia Bolen-Sullivan, a member of the first graduating class of Loudoun Valley High School and an educator for more than 30 years, will address Loudoun Valley graduates. The ceremony is 9 a.m. June 12 in the high school’s stadium, at 340 N Maple Ave. in Purcellville.

Monroe Technology Center graduates will hear from Loudoun County Public Schools’ Public Information Officer Wayde Byard. Byard is popular among students for his snow day phone calls. The ceremony is at 7 p.m. June 8 at Tuscarora High School, 801 N. King St. in Leesburg.

Park View High School teacher Mario Zangla will speak to the school’s class of 2017. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. June 12 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Eileen Fauteux, of Potomac Falls High School’s class of 2013, will address her alma mater’s graduates. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. June 13 at Potomac Falls, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy, Potomac Falls.

Riverside High School seniors selected Lynn Davis of the school’s social sciences and global studies department to speak at their graduation. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. on June 12 at Riverside’s stadium, 19019 Upper Belmont Pl. in Leesburg.

Author Leslie Morgan Steiner will address Rock Ridge High School graduates. She’s written three books: “Crazy Love,” “Mommy Wars” and “The Baby Chase.” The ceremony will be held at Rock Ridge’s stadium.

Stone Bridge High School grads will hear from the school’s health and driver’s education teacher Muoka Musau at a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. June 12 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

Tuscarora High School’s class of 2017 will get its official send off from Kevin McCarthy, the movies, entertainment and celebrity news reporter for FOX 5 DC. The ceremony is at 8 a.m. June 13 in the school’s stadium, 801 N. King St. in Leesburg.

Richard Treat Gillespie, historian emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will address Woodgrove High School graduates at a ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. June 13 in the school’s stadium, at 36811 Allder School Road in Purcellville.

Read more details about the speakers and the ceremonies here.

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