Dear APHS Seniors, Parents and Guardians,

With your commencement ceremony right around the corner, I wanted to reach out with some important information which should be helpful in your planning!

The Commencement Ceremony for the APHS Class of 2023 will occur on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 pm at the MVP Arena in Albany.


All Seniors will receive their caps and gowns for graduation on Monday, June 12th during an assembly in the auditorium prior to the annual Senior Walk-Through of the Elementary Schools. Given the time between this distribution and our commencement ceremony, it will be very important that students safely store, and keep track of, your caps, gowns, and tassels.


Graduation rehearsal will occur at 12:30 pm on Thursday, June 22 in the APHS Gym. Students should report to the ELA Wing of the HS no later than 12:10 pm to line up for the procession. This is required for all students who plan to attend the actual commencement ceremony. At rehearsal, we will carefully review, and run through, everything that you need to know in order to participate appropriately in the ceremony. It is important that all graduates have turned in their school-owned materials prior to this time. This includes Chromebooks, library books, and textbooks.


As a result of the size of our venue, tickets will NOT be required for guests to attend the commencement ceremony. Graduates may have as many guests, family, and friends as they would like. Doors to the MVP Arena will open one hour prior to the event, at 5:30 pm. Seating will be first come, first serve. Keep in mind; this is a large venue, and there truly is plenty of room.


On the evening of June 22, the MVP Arena will open its doors at 5:30 pm. Parking will be available via the MVP Arena Parking Garage. Parking for those with disabilities is located on Level 3. Parking is also available in the lots located on Green and Hudson Streets. Please note that all of these parking options have a fee of $5.00 associated with them.

Here is a link to a map of this area, with parking options provided by the MVP Arena:

Upon arrival, graduates must enter the MVP Arena via the Beaver Street Entrance only. At this entrance, each graduate will be checked in by our chaperones, and will be directed to the appropriate staging area to prepare for the opening procession. Graduates must make sure that they are checked in, and ready, no later than 6:00 pm, at which time final attendance will be taken.

Upon arrival, all guests should enter the MVP Arena via the Parking Garage Entrance or the Main Front Entrance on Pearl Street. Again, doors will be opened at 5:30 pm.


Please note that no backpacks or video equipment will be allowed inside of the MVP Arena. Concessions will not be opened for this event, but bottle water is permitted, as long as plastic or other non-glass containers are used.


Our commencement ceremony will be professionally live streamed by the MVP Arena on the following landing page:
This link will go live on the day of the event.

We are all very excited for this opportunity to celebrate the APHS Class of 2023. I know that everyone in our school community is extremely proud of these soon-to-be graduates, and we look forward to celebrating with each of you on June 22. We will send further updates between now and then, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the high school office at 674-7002.

My best to all of our graduates and their families in these final weeks of the 22-23 school year. Make good decisions, stay healthy and be well!


Sincerely yours,

Heath C. Quiles
Averill Park High School