New York State Releases Graduation Ceremony Guidelines

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WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Beginning May 1st, indoor and outdoor graduation ceremonies across the state can take place with limited capacity. It all depends on the amount of people in attendance.
Outdoor events with over 500 people are limited to 20% capacity. 201 to 500 can have 33% capacity. For 200 people or less each graduate can have 2 attendees.

Indoor gathering with more than 150 people are limited to 20% capacity. 101 to 150 can operate at 33% capacity. For 100 people or less, graduates can have 2 attendees.

In both cases, everyone must wear a mask. Proof of a negative test or COVID immunization is optional. Westmoreland Central School District’s Superintendent says they’re already making preparations and will likely move their ceremony outside.

“We have the opportunity to have more people in attendance if we’re in an outdoor stadium. So, I think we’re going to be able to have the capacity of about 200-250 people outside. We’re looking at probably 3 per graduate.” – Rocco Migliori Superintendent, Westmoreland Central School District

Migliori adds that this beats last year’s drive through ceremony. Class President Clare Calogero says she’s glad their graduation will be a little more normal this time.

“I think we’re all just really excited that we get to have like a normal end of senior year. I mean it’s not perfect but it’s definitely more normal than last year.” – Clare Calogero Class President, Westmoreland High School

As of now their graduation is still scheduled for Friday, June 18th.

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