June 25 Commencement Ceremony update: NYSDOH announces no restrictions for numbers of people to attend graduation

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Dear Class of 2021 students and families:

We’re writing to advise you of a very welcome update to our Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony plans for June 25.

New guidance from the New York State Department of Health received today, June 17, states that “most” previously announced restrictions affecting graduations and end-of-year ceremonies are now optional for schools.

For outdoor ceremonies with a capacity of 5,000 people or less, this means:

  • There is no limit on the size of social gatherings.
  • School officials have no obligation to conduct health screenings or gather contact information for tracing.
  • Social distancing and state protocols for cleaning and disinfection are now optional.

This now means there are no restrictions on the numbers of people who can attend our Commencement Ceremony!

To summarize:

  • One ceremony on Friday, June 25 at 6 p.m.
  • No limits on guests.
  • The honor system will be utilized for fully vaccinated individuals who do not need to be masked or remain six feet apart.
  • This is important to stress: Unvaccinated individuals still must wear masks in accordance with federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines (Except when seated and six feet apart)
  • There is no need to provide proof of vaccination, antigen test results or negative COVID-19 test results.
  • The ceremony will be live-streamed for family and friends to view remotely. More details will follow.
  • Rain date is Saturday, June 26 at 12:30 p.m.

We’ll have more information to share with students, via their school email, and commencement ceremony live streaming information in the coming days. We appreciate your ongoing support, patience and understanding.


Brian C. Monahan

Kenneth Hauck