It's some good news for students preparing to graduate in the months ahead.

For many seniors last year, celebrating the last year of high school or college did not pan out as planned when the pandemic put a temporary end to any mass gatherings. For the Class of 2021, it will be a much happier ending.

Earlier today Governor Cuomo announced that starting May 1st both indoor and outdoor graduation ceremonies will be allowed under updated state guidance. A statement on the Governor's website says "ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the location" and all state health guidelines and protocols will need to be followed. For both indoor and outdoor events, proof of vaccination or having a negative COVID test will be optional. Outdoor venues that hold 2,500 or more people will be capped at 20 percent capacity and indoor venues that hold 1,500 or more people will be limited to 10% capacity. Capacity percentage limits for smaller venues will be higher, which can be found here.

For any graduating Seniors this year, I could not think of any better news as students wrap up their high school and college careers. Looking back on my various graduations, the act of completing any phase of education by getting that degree is not only an important rite of passages, but is also one last opportunity to see  classmates and celebrate the relationships forged through the whole educational process. Through the years we get to continue some of those relationships and revisit some, but they will never share that common space of celebration after graduation. After what has been a challenging year, this year's Senior's I am sure are more than ready to celebrate completing their journey.

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