Class of 2020 information

We are sure many of you are aware of the most recent guidance Governor Cuomo has released indicating that outdoor graduations can be held beginning June 26 with up to 150 total people and with social distancing guidelines in place that follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For health and safety reasons, Graduation 2020 will consist of:

A prerecorded ceremony featuring speeches by our valedictorian, salutatorian, class president and others. The ceremony will be released for viewing at 8 a.m. on Saturday on the school district website at albanyschools.org and Facebook @AlbanyHighFalcons. The prerecorded ceremony will continue to be available.

A series of outdoor, in-person graduation ceremonies where students will cross the stage and receive their diplomas on either Saturday, June 27 or Sunday, June 28 on the Albany High football field. Each day's ceremonies began at 9 a.m. The events will be smaller and organized by academy: Citizenship, Discovery, Innovation and Leadership. Seniors should have received a letter indicating what time and day to report. Any student that did not receive a letter should call the school at (518) 475-6200 and leave a message.

Our August Summer Graduation date will be Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. 

  

Distribution

Cap and gown distribution will take place at Albany High on the following dates. You also can pick up your Class of 2020 lawn sign or window sign when you pick up your cap and gown!

Last Name

Date Time

A-D

Tuesday 6/16  9-11 a.m.

E-L

Tuesday 6/16 1-3 p.m.

M-Q

Wednesday 6/17  9-11 a.m.
R-Z Wednesday 6/17  1-3 p.m.

The deadline to order yearbooks has passed. However, limited copies will be available for purchase June 8-12 when students come to school to pick up their personal belongings and return school-owned items. 

In addition to our virtual graduation ceremony and parade, and the events listed on the back, we also are looking forward to recognizing our seniors in the following ways during June:

  • We will recognize all members of the Class of 2020 in Facebook photo albums organized by academy.  We also will highlight our Senior Superlatives, our top 10 students in academic rank, Senior Perspectives, and our valedictorian and salutatorian in the two weeks leading up to graduation.
    • We will use yearbook photos to recognize graduating seniors by academy, and for our virtual graduation ceremony.
    • If you did not have a senior portrait taken for the yearbook and would like to have a photo included in these recognitions, we will have a photographer at Albany High School on the dates listed above for cap and gown distribution.  You can have a photo taken during your assigned time on those days.
  • Also starting in June, we will have a special message for the Class of 2020 featured on CDTA bus shelters throughout the city.  Please watch for that as well.

We will email a Google Meet for seniors to join the virtual prom.

We will email a Google Meet for seniors to join the virtual awards ceremony.

This video is a pre-recorded presentation honoring our graduates. 

This will be a series of outdoor, in-person graduation ceremonies where students will cross the stage and receive their diplomas on either Saturday, June 27 or Sunday, June 28 on the Albany High football field. Each day's ceremonies began at 9 a.m. The events will be smaller and organized by academy: Citizenship, Discovery, Innovation and Leadership. Seniors should have received a letter indicating what time and day to report. Any student that did not receive a letter should call the school at (518) 475-6200 and leave a message.