B-P celebrates the Class of 2021 with outdoor commencement ceremony on Patriot Field

a group of graduates celebrate by throwing their caps in the air, while confetti falls around them
B-P’s class of 2021 celebrates their graduation by tossing their caps in the air on Patriot Field.

It was near perfect weather for Broadalbin-Perth’s outdoor commencement ceremony on Patriot Field as members of the community celebrated graduating seniors in the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25. B-P Senior High School Principal Mark Brooks emceed the ceremony, with Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson, B-P Board of Education President Stephen Syzdek and Assistant Principal Adam Barnhart handing out diplomas to 125 members of the graduating class. 

PHOTOS – Graduation photos have been posted to the district’s Facebook page:  https://bit.ly/3h7Q98M 

VIDEO – The commencement ceremony was live streamed and a replay can be viewed on the district’s Facebook page:  https://bit.ly/2UcgXx8 


Highlights of the ceremony included:

  • Five graduates who are enlisting in the U.S. military — Jeanell Cook, Alexis Johnson, Mackenzie O’Connor, Collin Peck, and Michael Siegle — led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • The Star Spangled Banner was performed acapella by three B-P students — graduating seniors Michaela Staie and Alexis Rodriguez, and junior Kate Szumowski — under the direction of chorus teacher Alex Hitrick.

  • The Broadalbin-Perth concert band, under the direction of Michael Graves, performed the theme from “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduates processed onto Patriot Field.

  • Individual student speeches were given by valedictorian Kelsey Hinderliter, salutatorian Lilian Mitchell and class co-treasurer Aubrey Jennings.

  • Tomlinson and Syzdek also addressed the Class of 2021 with inspirational speeches filled with advice and encouragement.

  • The song “Expectations for a Class Affected by COVID for the Class of 2021” was performed by graduating senior Michaela Staie, who wrote both the music and lyrics for the original piece.

    two teenaged girls wearing red graduation cap and gowns with red, white and blue flower leis and a yellow cord wrapped draped over their shoulders stand outside the B-P school.
    Salutatorian Lilian Mitchell, valedictorian Kelsey Hinderliter
    five graduates wearing red and blue graduation caps and gowns surround a B-P podium as they lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegience
    Five graduation seniors from the class of 2021 who are enlisting in the U.S. military, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegience
    three teenaged girls stand behind microphones in an outdoorsetting
    Left to right, graduate Alexis Rodriguez, B-P junior Kate Szumowski and graduate Michaela Staie perform an acapella version of the Star Spangled Banner
    two men wearing black graduation gowns and sunglasses walk down the aisle in an outdoor setting
    Left to right, B-P Board of Education President Stephen Syzdek and Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson lead the processional for the graduating class of 2021

    a male graduate shows his decorated cap which features the American flag and the saying "don't tread on me" a graduation cap is decorated with a blue and green globe and the saying "teach the change you wish to see"a group of six graduates, three male and three female, pose together in their graduation gowns outside of a brick buildingtwo male graduates wearing blue gowns flank a female graduate wearing a red cap and gownfour female graduates wearing red graduation caps and gowns pose outside