Neighbors Put on Socially Distanced Graduation in Boerum Hill

Wyckoff Street between Bond and Nevins streets. Photo by Susan De Vries


Some proud Boerum Hill parents and graduates are organizing their own outdoors socially distanced graduation ceremony. Any New York City senior graduating in 2020 can participate as long as spots last. (Sign up online here.)

There will be a DJ, surprise guest speaker, procession and “neighborhood diploma” designed by tattoo artist Adam Suerte. New York State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon will present the diplomas to each graduate. The event is free, and volunteers are sought to help make the experience an “amazing event to remember,” the organizers said. (For more information or to volunteer, contact Lissa at classof2020.bhal at gmail dot com.)

Rain or shine, the event will take place Wednesday, June 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wyckoff Street between Bond and Hoyt in Boerum Hill. Seniors should arrive by 6 p.m. to line up in alphabetical order for the procession, they said.

The invitation to the graduation ceremony

“Due to the current pandemic, all New York City high school graduations have become virtual,” the organizers said in press release. “And they will be as special as the schools are able to make them. However, in the Downtown Brooklyn area, we want more for our kids – we believe the Brooklyn high school graduates deserve some applause and public recognition of their achievements. So a few community members banded together to create the first ever ‘Boerum Hill At Large’ Graduation Ceremony for students graduating with the Class of 2020…We welcome all high school members of the class of 2020.”

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