TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at his daily press conference on Sunday that schools in New York would be allowed to hold in-person graduation ceremonies of up to 150 people total, as long as social distancing is maintained.
Schools will be allowed to begin holding ceremonies beginning June 26, contingent on numbers, which have remained very stable locally, with active confirmed infections hovering around the 20 mark for several weeks.
“It gives us a couple of weeks between now and then, god forbid the number changes. Schools need to plan, with the progress we have made so far, If we continue this trajectory, we will be able to do that.”
It’s not clear what the decision would mean locally, as Ithaca High School just finished holding ceremonies at Stewart Park, giving graduates the opportunity to walk across a stage and get a diploma cover.