School year ends – congratulations to all graduates

The school year 2021–2022 is almost over. A sure sign of the summer for pupils, students, parents, guardians and teaching staff is the joyous spring celebration, which can finally be held after two years of restrictions.

In Helsinki, the school year of Finnish and Swedish-speaking primary and lower secondary schools and general upper secondary schools ends on Saturday 4 June and new general upper secondary school graduates are celebrated on the same day. Stadin AO, the Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute holds a joint spring celebration on Friday 3 June.

This spring, a total of 1,830 students are graduating from the general upper secondary schools of the City of Helsinki. Students can graduate from Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute on a rolling basis, and this spring there are approximately 2,400 graduates.

“Happy graduation day”

The general upper secondary schools of the City of Helsinki publish the names of the new graduates on their websites. The data are published for graduates who have not refused to have their names published.

“After the years marked by the coronavirus, it is wonderful to be able to celebrate graduates in the traditional way. We congratulate all new secondary school graduates and wish them a happy graduation day,” say Harri Korhonen and Moa Thors, Heads of General Upper Secondary Education.

New school year to begin in August

After the summer break, the school year of the city’s Finnish and Swedish-speaking comprehensive schools and general upper secondary schools begins on Thursday 11 August. The autumn term of the Helsinki General Upper Secondary School for Adults begins on Monday 9 August.


As a rule, students admitted to Stadin AO, The Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute in the joint application procedure and in the spring’s rolling application procedure start their studies on Wednesday 3 August. Continuing students’ studies proceed in accordance with their personal competence development plan.

Photo: Julia Kivelä