To conform to state guidelines regarding COVID-19, Marlboro High School held 3 separate commencement ceremonies so their students could all graduate in person.
A weather forecast that called for rain Saturday morning and thunderstorms in the evening led Roy C. Ketcham High School’s plans for an in-person graduation to be pushed to Monday.
Times for the ceremonies were not provided by the school by Saturday afternoon.
The school had planned to hold three ceremonies Saturday, with up to 130 seniors at each session, the start of each separated by three hours.
At each ceremony seniors will be seated in the school’s parking lot for a traditional graduation ceremony, while guests can listen to the addresses on a dedicated FM station. The school plans to coordinate each student receiving their diploma and their family driving past to see it. After receiving their diploma, the graduate will join their family in their vehicle and leave the campus.
The school followed that plan for four John Jay graduations on Friday.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area Saturday morning. Parts of Ulster and Dutchess counties have a “slight risk” of severe thunderstorms with the potential for damaging winds and large hail throughout the day.
At Ketcham Saturday morning, cars decorated with paint and banners were turned away by a small group of faculty blocking the entrance to the campus. The message to families apologized for the postponement.
“We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but we feel this is the best thing to do given the current forecast,” said the message.
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