Class of 2020 graduation ceremony plans updated
With new guidance from the state regarding outdoor graduation ceremonies, the General Brown Central School District has updated its graduation plan to include an outdoor, in-person ceremony that will follow social distancing guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.
On June 17, General Brown Junior-Senior High School Principal Nicole L. Donaldson shared the letter below with seniors and their families.
Dear Members of the Class of 2020 and Families,
As most of you know, Governor Cuomo released new guidance regarding outdoor graduation ceremonies on June 7 that allows up to 150 people. As a result, I met with our senior class on June 10 and offered four possible directions that we could go for our graduation ceremony. We collected student feedback via a Google form. I am happy to share with you our revised graduation plan.
We have already completed the first part of our plan, which was graduation by appointment, where seniors walked across the stage and received their diploma cover. These were recorded to be included as a part of our virtual ceremony.
The second part of our graduation plan is now a full, live ceremony on the turf for all graduates on Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. Due to the constraints we have been given, this means that no guests will be allowed. The only people that will be allowed on campus are graduates and limited school staff. We will show a livestream of this event; the link will be on the front page of our website.
In the case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m.; this will be shared through SchoolMessenger calls, email and Facebook. If we have inclement weather both days, we will solely have the virtual ceremony. Graduates need to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony dressed up and wearing their cap, gown and tassel; we will meet on the field behind the bleachers. Please remember that no heels are allowed on the turf. School grounds will need to be cleared directly following the ceremony. If you are unable to attend this ceremony, please let me know for planning purposes.
According to the guidance from the Governor and the Department of Health, all attendees are required to remain six feet apart and masks must be worn at all times. Individual students may temporarily remove their masks while crossing the award area or having their individual photo taken. Any individual who displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or within the last 14 days was a close or proximate contact of an individual who had symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, is not permitted to attend. It is important that we adhere to all health protocols to keep all participants safe.
The last part of our graduation plan is our virtual ceremony. This will include the traditional commencement addresses and individual recognition of each student and will now go live on Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m.
I appreciate your flexibility and support. We have worked hard to make graduation memorable for each graduate. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020!
Nicole L. Donaldson
Jr.-Sr. High School Principal