Graduation plans for Class of 2021

Attention AHS Class of 2021,

We are pleased to present the following information to you regarding upcoming plans for Amsterdam High School commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 26. It has been a difficult school year once again due to COVID-19 and this makes your accomplishments as a class even more worthy of honor and celebration.

However, please keep in mind that as with this school year, graduation planning was also subject to New York State Department of Health safety protocols and social gathering restrictions. With that in mind, here are some of the details of what we have planned. There are two scenarios in place: one outdoors at Shuttleworth Park and, in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Amsterdam High School auditorium/commons. If the ceremony is to be moved indoors, graduates will be notified by Friday evening, June 25.

Shuttleworth Park ceremony

The Class of 2021 will be split into two groups at two different time slots. Note: If state health and safety guidelines change before the graduation date to allow more in-person participants to gather at one time, the groups will be combined and one ceremony will be held for the entire Class of 2021.

9:30-11 a.m. Ceremony for graduates with last initials A-L. Seating will begin at 9 a.m.

12:30-2 p.m. Ceremony for graduates with last initials M-Z. Seating will begin at noon.

Guests Each graduate will be allowed to have two guests attend the ceremony in person. Each ceremony will be broadcast live on the district’s YouTube channel. There will be live and recorded speeches and music, and the awarding of diplomas.

Amsterdam High School ceremony (if outdoor ceremony is cancelled)

9-9:30 a.m. Live online broadcast of ceremony featuring speeches, musical performances, presentations, etc. All graduates/families watch from their homes.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parade of graduates for the awarding of diplomas on the school auditorium stage. Graduates then proceed to the commons area for a picture station. Graduates are allowed up to five guests to attend diploma presentation in person. All diploma presentations will be broadcast live online (YouTube) for others to see. Families will line up inside AHS at a designated hallway and then proceed into the auditorium by last name groupings in this order:

  • 10 a.m. Diploma distribution for graduates with last initials A-D
  • 11:15 a.m. Diploma distribution for graduates with last initials E-L
  • 12:30 p.m. Diploma distribution for graduates with last initials M-R
  • 1:45 p.m. Diploma distribution for graduates with last initials S-Z

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduation rehearsal for the Class of 2021 will be held as follows:

  • A-L graduate group – June 21: Report to high school by 10 a.m. for transportation to Shuttleworth Park (Rain date June 23, 10 a.m.)
  • M-Z graduate group – June 22: Report to high school by 10 a.m. for transportation to Shuttleworth Park (Rain date June 24, 10 a.m.)