Final Update on Graduation – Letter to the Class of 2021

Dear Class of 2021 and Families,

The Senior Administration Committee wants you to know your voice and concerns have been heard and we want to make sure that we are always “Dewin’ It Right”. We have decided to hold one graduation for the graduating Class of 2021.

Updated and Final Graduation Plans

On June 25th, the graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 AM, and we ask that all graduates show up by 9:15AM to prepare for their big entrance. Every senior participating in the in-person ceremony must wear their official John Dewey HS Cap and Gown.  If you have not purchased your Cap & Gown, you must do so immediately; the cost is $60. Requested sizes may not be available due to limited inventory, but we will do our best to accommodate all new purchases.  Distribution of the senior items will take place on Wednesday, June 23 from 9am-12pm. This will be your last chance to pick up your senior items before graduation day.  To order your cap and gown package use this link:

Cap and Gown Package

If you need to pay for your items, you can bring a postal money order made out to: John Dewey High School, or cash with you when you pick up your items. Receipts will be given when payment is received.

Every senior attending the in-person commencement ceremony will receive 2 guest tickets only.  We are unable to allow any additional guests under any circumstances because of DOE regulations capping the number of people allowed to attend graduation ceremony while allowing the seniors to graduate alongside their peers.

Seating arrangements will remain the same as done in previous graduations where graduates will be seated on the cement, socially distant, and all guests will only be allowed to occupy the grass area. Seating for guests will be available on a first come, first serve basis. All seats will be distant enough to abide by CDC, DOE and NYS guidelines. Seats are not to be moved or tampered with. All graduating students will have their names called at graduation whether they attend the in-person ceremony or not. ALL GRADUATES WILL BE ALLOWED TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WHEN THEIR NAME IS CALLED, but will not receive the paper scroll or shake hands with the staff. We will also be live streaming the ceremony for anyone wanting to watch at home.  Details on the login information will be sent out the day before the ceremony. 

The entire John Dewey staff and PTA have been working diligently to make sure the Class of 2021 gets the most authentic experience of a graduation ceremony as possible.  We appreciate your support and cooperation and look forward to celebrating our extraordinary seniors in this life-changing moment. 

Seniors will be able to pick up their diplomas beginning Monday, June 28th based on a schedule that will be sent to the seniors soon. 


Senior Administration Committee

PS- Our graduation ceremony is Rain or Shine. Please bring an umbrella if the weather is threatening. 

Also, please understand that the following City policy will be enforced for our graduation ceremony- All attendees must show evidence of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of 6/25 or must have proof of being fully vaccinated. 

Letter to Families from Chancellor Porter – May 12, 2021

As you may know, May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. This is the time when we celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. I am always humbled when I think about the role Asian and Pacific Americans played in the formation of this city and country. From building the first transcontinental railroad to fighting for America throughout the different wars, these communities have deep roots throughout our nation. And they have made important contributions as small business owners, teachers, doctors, artists, scientists, in technology fields, and in so many other ways.

As Chancellor, it is important to me that our students and educators explore the rich traditions and achievements of people of AAPI heritage. It’s also important to have the hard discussions about the horrific rise in violence against our fellow AAPI New Yorkers and Americans. In schools, we are supporting this by providing curriculum resources accessible to educators in all grades. And at every turn, we must reinforce that there is no room for discrimination of any kind in New York City’s public schools. To our AAPI students, staff, and families: The Department of Education stands in solidarity with you. We will continue to honor your diverse and powerful voices.

For some amazing resources that are great for discussions at home with your children, visit Together for Justice. In addition, your children can access a collection of hundreds of e-books and audiobooks honoring the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have made to the lives and culture of the United States. These books are available through the Sora app; students can log in at (Open external link) using their DOE credentials. 

I want to share one more important link with you: the link to our 15th annual NYC School Survey, which launched this week! I encourage all families and teachers in grades 3K through 12, and students in grades 6-12, to visit NYC School Survey by June 11 to share your thoughts on your school experience this year. Tell us what you think about student well-being and engagement, communication from your school, culturally responsive education, how your school has supported you, and teaching and learning. Your school will use your feedback to think about the learning environment and work with all members of the school community to make the school a better place to learn.

As always, I am grateful for you and how you support your children every step of the way. 

Thank you.