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Restricted graduations don’t work for some larger school districts

Gov. Cuomo has given the green-light for socially-distanced outdoor graduation ceremonies starting June 26 but is capping the gatherings at 150 people.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2020, 2:01 PM

Updated 1,499 days ago

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As the Hudson Valley enters phase two of reopening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo now says outdoor graduations for the class of 2020 can take place later this month with restrictions.
Gov. Cuomo has given the green light for socially distanced outdoor graduation ceremonies starting June 26, but is capping the gatherings at 150 people.
While the green light is welcome news for high school seniors across the Hudson valley, for some districts, Cuomo's announcement is coming just a little too late.
In White Plains, district officials say they are moving forward with a June 25 virtual graduation with about 550 seniors decked out in their caps and gowns.
The White Plains Superintendent of Schools tells News 12 his district is just too big to do an in-person graduation ceremony that only allows 150 people total. "You can’t break a graduation up in five separate events. And if you think about, if you broke it up into 150 people, there wouldn’t be any people in the audience to celebrate the support of children. At 150, I get the science and for smaller districts that’s great, so we’re happy for them, but for us it’s heartbreaking,” says Ricca.
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