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Cuomo: Outdoor graduation ceremonies of up to 150 people will be allowed later this month

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo walked back his position from earlier in the week – saying that high schools could hold graduation ceremonies.

Last week he said that only ‘drive through’ events would be permitted. However, beginning June 26th the Governor said that outdoor, socially distanced graduations would be permitted.

Those events would be capped at 150 people, according to Cuomo.


“We have been calibrating our strategy based on the data and the facts, and overall the numbers are down, the numbers are good and our plan is working,” Cuomo said.

Just this week, the Marcus Whitman Central School District had its plan for an outdoor, socially distant graduation ceremony shot down by New York State.

It’s unclear how the Governor’s announcement will impact those plans.

Many schools in the Finger Lakes host outdoor ceremonies as it stands. However, capping those events at 150 people will likely mean that larger districts will be unable to host them.