Graduations still hit with capacity limits, COVID mandates even though NY restrictions changed

The restrictions vary between the school districts with some limiting ceremonies to just two guests even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted restrictions Tuesday because New York hit the 70% vaccination mark.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2021, 11:51 PM

Updated 1,031 days ago

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Many graduations across Long Island are still impacted by capacity restrictions, COVID testing and proof of vaccination requirements.
The restrictions vary between the school districts with some limiting ceremonies to just two guests even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted restrictions Tuesday because New York hit the 70% vaccination mark.
Centereach is one district that is not limiting capacity or requiring a vaccination or a negative test. However, others like Central Islip are only allowing two guests per graduate.
Kathleen Tsantes remembers her high school graduation in Hauppauge pre-pandemic times.
"For my graduation we had songs and the chorus was able to sing and the band was able to play, and we were able to go up and do speeches," says Tsantes.
For Gabrielle Gluberman, a Smithtown West graduate, it was very different in 2020 when she had to drive with her parents and get her diploma on stage in front of no crowd.
"Weird, it was weird," says Gluberman. "They tried to do some bigger ones, but it wasn't the same."
Smithtown is planning an outdoor graduation with no negative COVID tests or proof of vaccination required. However, unvaccinated guests will be asked to wear masks.
Joe Moleti, of Smithtown, is applauding the Smithtown district for having a ceremony that is almost like normal. Moleti says he thinks it's great.


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