Published June 2, 2021
By DAN TOMASELLO
LYNNFIELD — After an academic year that was anything but normal, Lynnfield High School will send the Class of 2021 off in style during a traditional ceremony at Pioneer Stadium on Friday, June 4, beginning at 6 p.m.
If it rains on Friday, the high school’s 62nd commencement ceremony will be moved to Saturday, June 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Pioneer Stadium.
The COVID-19 virus pandemic forced the high school to host two different graduation ceremonies last year. The high school held a drive-up graduation last June and a socially distanced graduation last July. High schools around the state are allowed to host outdoor graduations this spring.
“Graduation is running as a normal event,” said LHS Principal Bob Cleary in an email sent to the Villager. “Students will be sitting on the field and families will be in the stands. We will have a few speeches and then hand out diplomas.”
The high school’s graduation ceremony will begin with the traditional processional of students. Student Council President Ava O’Brien will be giving the Welcome Address and Cleary will be providing opening remarks.
Senior Anthony Zhang will be giving the Valedictory Address during commencement exercises. Senior Class President Kiera Burns and Superintendent Kristen Vogel will also speak.
Vogel and School Committee Chairman Rich Sjoberg will be presenting diplomas to the Class of 2021.
“Principal Bob Cleary and the high school’s staff are working diligently to hold a normal graduation ceremony to celebrate this incredible senior class,” said Sjoberg in an interview with the Villager.