Ann Arbor Public Schools announce tentative dates for personal graduation ceremonies

ANN ARBOR – In a recent update, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift, announced that the district is moving forward with plans to hold personal graduation ceremonies this year.

Last year all ceremonies were canceled due to concerns about the then new coronavirus pandemic, and every high school organized drive-thru events and virtual ceremonies for their seniors.

Graduates were greeted by faculty and staff at Community High’s in-car procession on June 12, 2020. (Ann Arbor Public Schools)

Dr. Swift confirmed that the Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline high schools will hold traditional outdoor graduation ceremonies at Eastern Michigan University’s stadium.

“The current entry restrictions will affect the number of viewers who are allowed to attend the event,” wrote Swift. “Nonetheless, we continue to hope that the limits will rise and that each graduate will receive a set number of tickets for family members.”

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She added that a bad weather plan is also currently in the works.

Preliminary dates for the three ceremonies:

  • Huron High School: Wednesday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

  • Pioneer High School: Thursday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

  • Skyline High School: Monday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Community and Pathways High Schools are also planning ceremonies to begin outdoors. Details for these events will be confirmed soon, Swift said.

These events will also be broadcast live to those who may not be able to attend.

In addition to the graduation update, Swift announced that all students in the 2021 class will receive a ceremonial courtyard sign, just like last year.

As with other high-level events like the prom, Swift said AAPS is currently monitoring the situation, including the current restrictions on indoor gatherings, and will share more information with students and their families later this month.

All other events, including award ceremonies, will take place online through the end of the school year.

“We congratulate our inspiring seniors on their progress in this challenging time of COVID,” wrote Swift. “We are encouraged that this is a time of hope that better days are ahead.”

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