Short, pre-recorded speeches from half a dozen of the academy’s students were featured, as well as greetings from the principal, counselor and school board member Erika Mitchell.
The school's valedictorian, Lauren Hester, wore a "seniors" T-shirt as she spoke at a podium in an empty gymnasium.
“We made it here together, unified as a family sharing a common goal of achievement and success,” she told viewers.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen read portions of a letter she wrote to graduates.
“You were starting seventh grade when I first met you — little middle schoolers that have now grown up into beautiful and compelling young men and women. It is you who give me the heart and the passion to do this work,” she said.
Nearly 400 viewers watched live on Facebook at one point, and by the time the video ended, it had been viewed thousands of times, according to the social media site’s metrics.
The district has more virtual graduation celebrations planned this week. See here for a full schedule of Atlanta high school virtual celebrations.