June 1, 2021 - Ann Arbor Public Schools Honors the Class of 2021

AAPS lead, care, inspire graphicHello Students, Parents, Staff and Community,

It is truly an extraordinary time in the Ann Arbor Public Schools as we gather as a community to honor our graduates at the commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021. More than 1,400 Ann Arbor Public Schools graduates will cross the stage this week, achieving the milestone of high school graduation. 

It is an honor to join together with our teachers, support staff and leaders with parents, families, friends and our Ann Arbor community to honor and celebrate each graduate publicly.  We honor each student’s individual story and the many challenges they have overcome to graduate amidst an historic global COVID pandemic. 

At this time, we also want to honor the parents of the Class of 2021. This year has been extraordinarily challenging. I want to thank our parents for all you have done to support your children; our graduates have persevered this year, and they are who they are because of you, your love, many sacrifices and support. Thank You.

We express appreciation to the many teachers, support staff and leaders, from preschool through 12th grade, who have guided our students along their pathway to this very special day. Truly, it takes a village to raise a child, and our graduates are a testament to the work and partnership together of this Ann Arbor community.

We know our graduates have what it takes to move forward in confidence, to impact our world in profound and positive ways. We are immensely proud of them today, their perseverance to overcome the challenges of this COVID year. We are proud of not just what they have done in persisting this year; we are proud of who they have become, who they are.

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Class of 2021,

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Jeanice K. Swift
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools

*You may access the Superintendent’s full commencement address here and follow our Ann Arbor Public Schools Class of 2021 Graduation progress this week a2schools.org/2021Graduation, including links to livestreams of the commencement ceremonies, and follow- @a2schools on Twitter, or Ann Arbor Public Schools on Facebook.