More than 300 students graduate from Alexandria Area High School

The commencement program took place Friday, June 4, in the high school gymnasium.

Alexia Taylor, a Class of 2021 graduate of Alexandria Area High School, receives a handshake from Principal Chad Duwenhoegger after receiving her diploma during commencement ceremonies Friday, June 4. Taylor is the daughter of Kevin and Nicki Taylor.

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.


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."

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.

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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)

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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