Congratulations to the class of 2020 and 2021 you have endured so much during this pandemic but you have come through it successfully.
Thank you for your patience. As you can imagine, government mandates and best practices made it difficult to plan these events.
The guidance announced by New York State Governor Cuomo now allows for larger events but with limitations and very clear and strict safety protocols.
All graduates and guests in attendance will need to show:
- Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the day of the event OR
- Proof of vaccination. It is important to note that you must be fully vaccinated, which means the day of your event must be at least 14 days after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine AND
- Have their temperature taken and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
Your documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test or vaccination. You can display your test results or proof of vaccination on your smartphone or present a physical copy. In addition, The New York State Excelsior Pass provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results and will also be accepted as documentation. You don’t have to be a New York resident to use Excelsior Pass – anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test result in the state of New York is eligible. For more information on Excelsior Pass, visit: https://epass.ny.gov. To help us ensure a fast and efficient entry, we ask that guests using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app download the app in advance and log in prior to your visit so you have access to your documentation before arriving at the venue.
You will not be allowed to participate and/or attend the ceremony if you do not provide proper documentation as detailed above. In addition, all attendees must wear a face covering/mask at all times and maintain 6-feet of social distancing. If attendees do not follow College policies and procedures that are in place for these events, then they will be asked to leave the campus.
Moving Out of Residence Halls
Only 2021 residential graduating students may remain in the residence hall after May 15th.
Residential Students who are graduating must vacate their residence hall space 24 hours after their graduation ceremony
or by May 24, 2021, by noon, whichever comes first.
In order to be thoughtful of graduation ceremonies, we ask that you DO NOT plan to move out during the following times:
Thursday, May 20, 5pm-8pm
Friday, May 21, 10am-1pm and 5pm-7pm
Saturday, May 22, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Sunday, May 23, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm