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Shenandoah UniversityÕs May commencement took place Saturday, May 13, and celebrated the achievements of almost 440 candidates for degrees and certificates representing five of the universityÕs six schools.

Sen. John William Warner is the commencement speaker. Honorary degrees were awarded to businessman William F. Brandt, pharmacist John D. Grabenstein, university administrator Masato Murasaki and pharmacist C. Eugene White. May graduation is one of two commencement ceremonies Shenandoah University holds each year, with the other taking place in August.

The Broad Run High School band boosters present the Spring Symphonic and Wind Ensemble concert. The event will begin with a dinner from Outback Steakhouse, at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the dinner must be purchased by June 1, $15 for adults, $10 for BRHS students and faculty and $5 for children under 6. Grilled beef and chicken will be served with all the sides. Mail reservation to BRHS band boosters, Broad Run HS, 21670 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA 20147.

The final date for SAT testing for 2005-2006 is June 3, SAT and SAT II subject tests, at Park View High School. The tests are administered on nationally standardized dates and require advanced registration.

Students may register online or may obtain paper registration materials from the guidance office of each high school. Registration and study information is available at for the SAT. Students should register at least six weeks in advance of the tests.

Most colleges require SAT for college admissions. Some colleges also require certain SAT II subject tests for admissions or placement. Students should check with all of the colleges to which they plan to apply to determine which tests are required and preferred.

Students usually register for the SAT in their junior year and repeat the test in the senior year.

Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls, presents "Seussical the Musical," with special arrangement by Music Theatre International, June 1-3, 7:30 p.m. and June 4, 2 p.m. Tickets $7. Contact or

Peggy Darr, Mary Lowndes and Eileen McKinney are retiring after dedicating their careers to the students at Sully Elementary School. Lowndes has taught in Loudoun for 35 years, with 34 of those being at Sully. Darr has taught in Loudoun County for 33 years, with 31 of those being at Sully. McKinney has taught for LCPS for 21 years and has spent the last 20 years at Sully. A celebration in their honor will be June 11, 2-4 p.m., at the school on Circle Drive in Sterling. An RSVP is requested. Call 703-444-7470 by June 5. Former students, community members and colleagues invited to celebrate these three educators and thank them for their dedication to the students.

Park View High SchoolÕs Project Graduation celebration, a all-night, non-alcoholic graduation celebration, begins at 11 p.m., Friday, June 16, graduation day, at the high school. This year, the theme is ÒMovie ManiaÓ and includes door prizes Ñ such as college scholarships, karaoke, boardwalk games, hairdressers, caricaturists, a balloon artist, a casino, an obstacle course, a bungee run, a Rock ÔEm-Sock ÔEm, a money machine and lots of food. It finishes at 5:30 a.m., after a ÒwomanlessÓ beauty contest and breakfast. The students are chaperoned by parents and teachers throughout the night.

Parents are needed to make decorations, pick up donated food, spend part or all of the night chaperoning the party June 16, clean up afterwards and help plan for next yearÕs celebration, among other tasks. Anyone who can volunteer one to four hours is encouraged to assist with setting up the event between 1:30-9 p.m., June 14, and between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 15 and June 16, should sign up on the Web site,

Dominion High School's second annual Project Graduation, a night-long celebration of the Class of 2006, will take place June 17, at the high school from 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

This alcohol- and drug-free event, following that morning's graduation exercises, is sponsored by ATLAS and being organized by the parents of underclassmen to provide an exciting, fun-filled, and safe celebration.

The theme will be "A Day at the Beach" and will feature a disc jockey, dancing, games and giveaways. Food is expected to include submarines sandwiches, ice slushies and a chocolate fountain. Door prizes will be drawn all night. A grand prize will be awarded at breakfast.

Many businesses and community organizations have already contributed to make this a truly memorable night for students. Businesses, organizations or individuals that would like to donate items or make a monetary donation are encouraged to contact Jane Lettmann at 703-444-5139 or e-mail

The 1976 gradating class of Broad Run High School in Ashburn is holding its 30-year reunion July 22, at the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall in Leesburg. The class is looking for classmates and need help from friends and family of alumni. Call Ana Mallory (Miranda) at 847-797-9043 or e-mail