Graduation & Awards Night Information

Dear Grade 12 Students and Caregivers:


As our seniors work diligently to wrap up their academic classes, career technical and agricultural programs, and cooperative education placements for the school year, it is now time to talk about our graduation and senior week festivities.  Our Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 6:00 pm. Our keynote speaker will be Congressman Seth Moulton.  We hope that this will be an event that our graduates and their families will cherish forever.  Our graduation ceremony will take place outdoors at the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Stadium.  In the event of inclement weather, the graduation rain date will be on Saturday, June 4th at 10:00 am.   If a decision is made to move graduation to Saturday, seniors and caregivers will be notified shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June, 3rd through the school’s Blackboard Connect phone message system. 


Each graduate will be allowed to bring six guests to graduation.  Two guests will be seated on the field with their graduate.  The remaining four guests will sit in the bleachers. Each graduate will receive six tickets for graduation.  The tickets are for seats on the field and in the stadium (and this includes handicap seating).  Tickets will be distributed to seniors at Senior Sign Out on Thursday, June 2nd.  Tickets must be presented at the entrance gate for seating.  Due to the size of our facility and the number of graduates, we cannot offer more tickets. Thank you for your understanding.  This event will be live streamed for family members that are not able to attend. 


It is always best to arrive early (by 5:00 pm) to avoid difficulties in parking your car and to allow time to be seated well before the procession begins.  There will be designated parking for those guests with handicap plates.  


Once seniors have been handed their diplomas and step down from the podium, they will walk next to an official photography area where we will allow each student to pose for a formal photograph before returning to their seats.


Awards Night will be held in the school gymnasium on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00 pm.  At this event, many members of the Class of 2022 will be recognized for their achievement, merit, and service through the formal announcement of scholarships and awards. Caregivers of those students will receive a personal invitation to the Awards Night ceremony in the coming weeks. Students will wear their cap and gown this evening as well as any honor cords.


We are happy to accommodate any guests who need assistance with interpretation services.  This includes language interpreters and American Sign Language interpreters.  We are also ready to assist any families who may require accommodations for a handicapped guest.  If you will need an interpreter or require any other special accommodations at Graduation or Awards Night, please email my assistant, Erin Nestor, directly at


In addition to Graduation and Awards Night, the Senior Class Officers and faculty advisors have many other special events planned for an exciting and memorable senior week.

Senior Week 2022

Wednesday, May 25th

6:00 pm

Senior Trivia Night

Friday, May 27th

Last day of school for seniors

Yearbook distribution

Tuesday, May 31st

4:15 pm

5:00 pm

Promenade  (please arrive  by 3:30 pm)


Wednesday, June 1st

9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Spirit of Boston Boat Cruise

Thursday, June 2nd

9:00 am

10:00 am

12:00 pm

6:00 pm

Graduation Practice

Senior Sign Out

Celebration with Food Trucks and Outdoor Games

Awards Night

Friday, June 3rd

6:00 pm 


Saturday, June 4th

10:00 am

Graduation Rain Date 

We are delighted that we will be able to have an indoor prom this year at the Double Tree in Danvers.  We will be hosting a Promenade at Smith Hall for all students attending the prom.  All students should arrive at Smith Hall at 3:30 pm to line up for the Promenade, which will begin at approximately 4:15 pm.  Students can park on South Campus.  Parents and caregivers are invited to attend the Promenade.  We ask that parents park in the main parking lot in front of the school and cross the street to Smith Hall.  Students will participate in the Promenade and board buses to be transported to the Prom.  Bussing is mandatory, students will not be allowed to drive themselves or be dropped off directly to the prom.  The buses will bring students back to Smith Hall following the prom at 9:30 pm.  


In order to provide all of these events, we need students to pay their class dues.  Class dues are $200.00 in total.  At this time, there are still some students who have not paid their dues.  This money is used to fund yearbooks, caps & gowns, senior t-shirts, and gifts.  The dues are also used to offset the cost of some of the senior week activities.  If you have not yet paid your class dues, please contact Ms. Deacon at or Ms. Berry at Dues can be paid by check, cash, or credit/debit card.


Our Graduation ceremony and Awards Night formally recognize the accomplishments of our seniors—all of whom have worked and succeeded in so many ways during their high school years.  Please help your graduate reflect on the importance of both these occasions.  Graduates should dress appropriately—men should wear collared shirts and slacks; women should wear dresses, skirts or dress slacks so that gowns fit properly.  We ask that there be no tank tops, shorts, or blue jeans, as these will detract from the dignity of commencement events.  In addition, graduates must wear dress shoes or sandals.  Please be advised: due to the delicate nature of both the synthetic field and track, high heels are not allowed.  If a student arrives with footwear that is deemed inappropriate by the administration, the student will be given a pair of flip flops.  By following these guidelines, our graduation and awards ceremonies will reflect the dignity and recognition our students deserve. Please note that family members or guests will not be allowed on the field if they are wearing high heels.  Consider wearing flats or wedges, as they will not damage the turf.  Guests wearing heels will be asked to sit in the stadium.  

If you have any questions, please contact me at



Shannon B. Donnelly
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
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