Schools, students begin planning for scaled down, in-person graduation ceremonies
Schools, students and parents are now in the process of making graduation plans after Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowed in-person ceremonies later this summer.
Cuomo announced Sunday that he feels it's safe enough to let high schools have graduations of up to 150 people outdoors if everyone is socially distanced.
Students who News 12 spoke to say this is great news after having to spend a portion of their senior year at home.
"I have a little bit more hope that maybe we'll be able to be with more of our friends and have our family be able to celebrate with us, so I'm excited," says Syosset High School senior Talia Calabrese.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said during her daily news conference Monday that she's hopeful the state will allow the number to increase from 150 as time goes on. She says she is leaving it up to school superintendents and administrators to work out the logistics.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone echoed a similar sentiment about expanding the numbers.
Rockville Centre Superintendent Bill Johnson says with a graduating class of 300, the governor's new guidelines don't help.
Districts like Wantagh and St. Anthony's High School have already had ceremonies where students drive up to get their diplomas.