Class of 2020 updates

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

Dear Class of 2020 parents and guardians,

Earlier this afternoon we sent an update about the status of our graduation ceremony. We wanted to provide some clarifications.

As of right now, NYS on Pause is in effect through May 15. Under NYS on Pause, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size, for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time. This is a directive from Governor Cuomo that is unfortunately out of our control.

We are closely monitoring the governor’s announcements and the status of NYS on Pause. We do not know if NYS on Pause will be extended beyond May 15, or if updated guidance will be released about mass gatherings. It is important to clarify that if NYS on Pause remains in effect through June 26, we will not be allowed to hold an in-person ceremony of any kind, including one that could be socially distant at the Cool Insuring Arena or at an outdoor venue.

If these restrictions are loosened and an in-person ceremony can take place, the district would welcome a traditional graduation. However, given the number of unknowns at this time, we are proactively working on a virtual graduation if an in-person ceremony is prohibited.

We understand this is an incredibly difficult situation. It is our hope that we can celebrate our seniors in-person on June 26, but as of right now, that is not a possibility.

We will continue to keep our students and families up to date as more information becomes available.

Hello Class of 2020 and Family Members,

It was great to see so many of you for the cap/gown pick up! Thank you again to everyone for their help in making it happen — for your ideas, for your patience, for the cards, and for taking the time to come out!

Given the current restrictions from the CDC and Warren County Public Health, in order to safely honor our graduates, we are moving forward with a virtual ceremony and keepsake for our students. This is not the only way we will be honoring our seniors. We are exploring a number of creative, fun and exciting options to complement our virtual ceremony.

We have hired a professional production company to ensure our virtual ceremony is of great quality, but it also means we are on a 30-day deadline to get senior images and video clips submitted to the production company. We need your assistance with this!

We ask that you start taking and uploading pictures of yourselves in your caps and gowns. Once you take your photo, make sure to upload it here.

Please note: You need to make sure you name your file using your first and last name. This needs to be completed by June 1. If you do not submit a picture by then, we will be using your graduation yearbook photo.

Again, do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Vartuli at or Mrs. Townes at if you have any questions.

Please understand that as of this time, given the current circumstances and restrictions, a virtual ceremony is the best way to ensure that you are honored for all of your hard work on June 26.

We will continue to meet as a team of student officers and staff, to make certain all possibilities are considered and voices heard.

We will keep you informed as we work through this process and will share the latest information as we receive it.

Please see a list of important dates that are outlined below. Continue to stay safe and support one another!


Mrs. Townes and Mrs. Vartuli
Class of 2020 Advisors

Damian Switzer
High School Principal

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools

Important dates

  • May 15: Deadline to sign up for senior give back day
  • May 15: Deadline to submit photos and video interview clips for grad slideshow
  • May 22: Senior Speech Off
  • June 1: Deadline to submit cap/gown photo to VEGO Co. for grad ceremony
  • June 5: Senior Give Back Day and Yearbook/honor cords pick up day (drive-by)
  • June 26: Virtual Graduation Ceremony