After a year of mask mandates, distance learning combined with in-person learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alexandria Area High School Class of 2021 had a near-normal graduation ceremony.

Even masks were optional and few and far between.

Commencement ceremonies were held in-person in the high school's gymnasium Friday, June 4. The ceremony was available to watch through livestreaming not only in the school's Performing Arts Center, but also on the school's website.

Nick Nelson, an Alexandria Area High School graduate of the Class of 2021, was one of the student speakers during commencement ceremonies Friday, June 4.
Nick Nelson, an Alexandria Area High School graduate of the Class of 2021, was one of the student speakers during commencement ceremonies Friday, June 4.

More than 300 students took part in the ceremony. Student speakers were Aubrey Kosters and Nick Nelson with music by the AAHS Concert Choir. Senior Sydney Larson performed "I'll Always Remember You" and the trio of Nick Nelson, Caleb Wendel and Isaac Kent performed "Little Wonders."

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After the ceremony, a vehicle processional took place from Discovery Middle School to the Runestone Community Center, where the Class of 2021 will end their evening with the senior graduation party.

Graduates of Alexandria Area High School wave while riding in vehicles for a processional parade from Discovery Middle School to the Runestone Community Center where they have a party Friday evening,  May 4. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Graduates of Alexandria Area High School wave while riding in vehicles for a processional parade from Discovery Middle School to the Runestone Community Center where they have a party Friday evening, May 4. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)