Check your calendars, graduates. There’s been a change of plans regarding William Floyd High School’s commencement celebration this month.
Given that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lifted most of the remaining COVID-19 pandemic restrictions across the state — particularly those for large outdoor gatherings — the school district announced today that it will host one, full in-person graduation with the entire Class of 2021.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m. As in past years, it will be held on the west side of the high school near Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School and the new multi-purpose turf field.
Per New York state guidelines, unvaccinated students and guests will be responsible for continuing to wear a mask. Though the district will not be ask for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The event will still be livestreamed.
The district is allowing a maximum of four guests per person to attend. Additional guests will be able to watch from the bleachers at the turf field.
Below is the original story from last week announcing the previously scheduled four mini graduation ceremonies:
William Floyd schools announced last night that the district will celebrate its Class of 2021 with a traditional commencement on the weekend of June 26-27.
The celebration will be spread out over four ceremonies – two on Saturday, June 26, and two on Sunday, June 27. Graduates who had been scheduled for curbside commencement on Saturday will still attend the a ceremony on Saturday, and those scheduled for Sunday will now attend on Sunday.
The decision comes in wake of the most recent guidelines from the state and the CDC. The district sought clarification with legal counsel and the Suffolk County Department of Health before determining that it can conduct four in-person graduations of less than 500 people and not require proof of vaccination or a negative test.
The district is still working out some of the details, including the start times of the ceremonies. But here’s what we know, so far.
- Each graduate will be allowed two guests.
- Masks will be optional because the ceremonies are being held outside.
- The event will be livestreamed for family members and friends who are unable to attend due to attendance restrictions.
William Floyd High School will host the Class of 2021 senior prom Thursday, June 10, in the courtyard of the high school. The event will feature a music deejay, a photo booth, catered food, dessert from Mr. Softee and some special surprises, the district said.