Graduation 2021

 Thank you Culture Lab for supporting the Academy of American Studies Class of 2021  



Each Graduate must request a ticket and each graduate is allocated only two Guest tickets.

There are no exceptions, no exchanges, and everyone attending the event to enter the event space must be pre-registered and meet all COVID regulations in place.


Please take note of the following changes to the Academy of American Studies' Graduation on June 23rd in regards to health guidelines and procedures.

Guests and Graduates will no longer be required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative Covid Test.  This change reflects the most up to date guidance from the NYC Department of Education.

On June 15th, the Governor lifted many COVID-19 restrictions, including restrictions related to outdoor events. Health guidelines continue to be in effect for pre-K to grade 12 schools. Accordingly, schools may now hold their outdoor graduations without capacity restrictions, but the following requirements continue to apply, consistent with current DOE health and safety protocols:

  • Students, staff, and all attendees must still wear face coverings
  • Health screenings are still required (survey and temperature check)
  • 6 fee​​t distancing is still required
Although, the outdoor graduation capacity restrictions have been removed, our host site for Graduation, Culture Lab, has a capacity restriction of 500. To allow for each graduate to still get two tickets for guests and to have enough seating for graduates, guests, and staff, and to engage in social distancing, there will still be two ceremonies on June 23rd.
In sum, there is no longer a requirement to share with us vaccination status or the results of a Covid Test.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Dudley or Mr. Randle.

Graduation 2021

In-Person Ceremony

June 23rd, 2021

(Rain Date - June 26th, 2021)

Ceremonies at 10am and 12:30pm

@ Culture Lab Long Island City

Virtual Graduation Ceremony - June 24th 2021

June 3rd Senior Class Family Meeting - Graduation 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Answers
Do we choose our time slots for graduation ? YES
When is the due date to give in textbooks? Diploma distribution, book return, device return
Monday 6/28--9-11 last names A-B
Monday 6/28--12-2 last names C-E
Tuesday 6/29--9-11 last names F-K
Tuesday 6/29--12-2 last names L-M
Wednesday 6/30--9-11 last names M-R
Wednesday 6/30--12-2 last names S-Z
Can we choose where to seat? Seating is first come, first serve.
Is it possible to bring 3 guests Not possible.
If I have a guest that might not be able to go, is there any way to transfer that ticket to someone else. You can refund a ticket and request a new ticket.
Can we bring a child above the age of 4 as a guest? Yes, it counts as one of your two guests.
Does the student have to be part of the ticket registration? graduates must request a ticket.
Both my parents wanted to attend, (2 guests) does my little sister that is 4 years old count as a guest? yes
If it rains, do we have to re-register on eventbrite for the time? No
Will there be a graduation practice? No
Is there a stage to walk up and get diploma? Yes
What time do we need to arrive before the ceremony? 30 minutes before
Do we register the two guests on the academy website? Yes
How will we receive the tickets? via Email
Are these tickets free? (sorry had to ask) :) absolutely
So our guests have to complete this too through the academy website? Yes please
When is the last time to submit the google form? The day before graduation
How will we know what to do for graduation if there is no practice? You will be emailed an outline of the process of what to expect.
Do fully vax people still need to wear masks? yes
Do graduates have designated seating be or will we be sitting with our family? Graduates will be sitting with each other
Do little children count as a ticket? Yes
Will our in person graduation be live streamed for those who cant attend? No
Daily health screening is only for the graduate, or for all that are attending? All attendees
will grads be sitting together and family separate ? Yes
Are the graduates allowed to have their phones on them? Yes
When do we pick up yearbooks? In the fall.
Valedictorian Salutatorian speeches? Awards, how will these be handled? Speeches will be live and online!
Can someone come in to pick up diplomas if the student isn't available? Yes, parent or guardian can sign for a diploma.
What if my child is not able to go on the dates and pick up her diploma? parent or guardian can sign for diploma.
Is there a certain dress code, or dress attire? Your cap and gown.
what is the parking situation going to look like? street parking or parking garages
Can guests wear any clothing or are there any colors that they can’t wear Yes
If I am unsure about the last ticket holder can I submit one now and add the last one later? Tickets must be requested all together
Just to clarify, we are requesting 3 tickets. One for graduate and 2 for guests? Yes
Do we need to put in the permission slip before signing up for tickets no
Is there a maximum capacity for each time slot? meaning if you don't choose right away you will be defaulted to the other time slot Yes
Are the graduates entering the graduation with guests or are they meeting at the school? everyone arrives at the Culture Lab
Are further donations needed for graduation?



Diploma pick up will take place on the following dates and times.

Monday 6/28--9am-11am, students whose last name starts with A-B

Monday 6/28--12pm-2pm, students whose last name starts with   C-E

Tuesday 6/29--9am-11pm, students whose last name starts with   F-K

Tuesday 6/29--12pm-2pm, students whose last name starts with L-M

Wednesday 6/30--9am-11am, students whose last name starts with M-R

Wednesday 6/30--12pm-2pm, students whose last name starts with S-Z

Questions, Contact Assistant Principal, Mr. Solkoff

Graduation Ceremony Area Guide (Created by PTA)


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