What Will Graduation Look Like For ACA Seniors?

Madalena Larkins

The Charter News


The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown graduation ceremony plans up in the air, leaving school administrators around the world to figure out how best to celebrate their graduating classes. 

ACA sent out a survey to seniors and their parents, asking for their opinions on how best to celebrate ACA’s class of 2020, given the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic. 

Respondents were asked how important an in-person ceremony was, on a scale of one to ten, and 65 percent said it was of significant importance to them. 

As of April 29th, there have been 35 responses to the survey. 

Eighty-eight percent said they would rather wait and have an in-person graduation sometime this summer, rather than a virtual one. 

“We’re reaching out to grads who weren’t yet represented and have brainstormed some ways we can try to honor everybody’s wishes,” says Michael Lancaster, a teacher and ES, who is one of the ACA staff helping to coordinate graduation plans, “maybe something virtual/limited in the nearer future and possibly an in-person celebration at some later date. But since that part is so uncertain, there appears to be some momentum toward an earlier modified ceremony of sorts.”

It remains unclear how graduation will be celebrated for ACA’s class of 2020, but ACA administration is expected to release more information in the near future.


Lancaster, Michael. Personal Email Interview. Apr. 29, 2020. 

Lancaster, Michael. “Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony Survey.” April 17 2020.