Class of 2021
Commencement

A Guide for Students, Family, Friends, and Staff
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Rehearsal

Seniors are expected to attend graduation rehearsal in Metro's gymnasium on Monday, June 14. Arrive at Metro at 12:30pm and be in the gym by 1pm. Rehearsal lasts from 1-2pm. Please be on time and stay focused so we can all be prepared for the big day!

Commencement

The graduation ceremony, or commencement, will be held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The address is 480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven, CT.

Procession Assembly

Graduates are asked to arrive at the front entrance of Hillhouse on the Sherman Avenue side at 3:15pm in their regalia. Faculty will assist graduates in getting in order for the procession. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00pm.

Graduate Participation Eligibility

Seniors must meet graduation requirements set by MBA and NHPS, including community service, internship, and 21st Century Portfolio Presentation, in order to receive their graduation guest tickets. Dr. Chicoski will distribute tickets, and she will be able to see that requirements were completed.

Guest Tickets

Each graduate will receive a maximum of four (4) guest tickets if they meet all graduation requirements, including the completion of the senior presentation. The graduation gown set and guest tickets will be distributed by Dr. Chicoski the week of June 7th in the main office. You can pick up your graduation gown set and guest tickets after you've presented your senior portfolio with your advisor and returned your school-issued laptop and charger. Please be sure your guests have their tickets. Guests can arrive at 3:30pm. They should also enter the front of the Field House on the Sherman Avenue side. Please note that Career High School will be finishing their graduation at this time. We will enter when they are finished.

Academic Regalia

Seniors must wear the provided academic regalia. Cap, gown, tassel, stole packages cost $40. Please pay senior dues to Dr. Chicoski. Cash or www.paypal.me/LChicoski payments only. Graduates may decorate their caps. The graduation gown set and guest tickets will be distributed by Dr. Chicoski the week of June 7th in the main office. You can pick up your graduation gown set and guest tickets after you've presented your senior portfolio with your advisor and returned your school-issued laptop and charger.

Parking

Parking is available in the lot on Munson Street between the Field House and Bowen Field.

Staff Seating

MBA teachers and staff do not require tickets to enter.

Graduation Speaker

Our keynote speaker for the Class of 2021 will be Reginald Dwayne Betts, a poet and lawyer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and lawyer. He is the Director of the Million Book Project, an initiative out of the Yale Law School’s Justice Collaboratory to radically transform the access to literature in prisons. Recently, the Mellon Foundation awarded Betts a 5-million-dollar grant to implement the Million Book Project. For more than twenty-years, he has used his poetry and essays to explore the world of prison and the effects of violence and incarceration on American society. The author of a memoir and three collections of poetry, he has transformed his latest collection of poetry, the American Book Award winning Felon, into a solo theater show that explores the post incarceration experience and lingering consequences of a criminal record through poetry, stories, and engaging with the timeless and transcendental art of papermaking. In 2019, Betts won the National Magazine Award in the Essays and Criticism category for his NY Times Magazine essay that chronicles his journey from prison to becoming a licensed attorney. He has been awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emerson Fellow at New America, and most recently a Civil Society Fellow at Aspen. Betts holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.

 

Who to contact...

For graduation requirements, contact your School Counselor. Belinda.Legere@new-haven.k12.ct.us is assigned to students with last names A-L. Heidi.Pitkin@new-haven.k12.ct.us is assigned to students M-Z.

For senior activities and events, contact Senior Class Advisor, Leslie.Blatteau@new-haven.k12.ct.us

For portfolio presentations, contact your advisor.

For senior dues and commencement information, contact Lauren.Chicoski@new-haven.k12.ct.us