After Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that marked June 26 as the first day for schools to be able to hold physical graduation ceremonies, East Islip superintendent John Dolan submitted a …
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that marked June 26 as the first day for schools to be able to hold physical graduation ceremonies, East Islip superintendent John Dolan submitted a request to allow the district’s already-scheduled June 25 ceremony.
“After much debate and discussion, we do not believe that the 150 limit for gatherings will be changed to come close to the 900 capacity we will need to have all our students and their parents together. We are aware that some students are shipping out for the military and we sincerely thank them for their service and pray for their safety. Families also have plans to be away for the month of July and August. From the beginning, we promised to do everything possible to have a live graduation,” Dolan said in a Facebook post last Friday, June 19.
The district’s ceremonies in maximum sections of 150 were moved to Friday, June 26, which was the original rain date. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., alphabetically created sections will graduate.
Additionally, a virtual commencement is scheduled for July 9 to recognize the recipients of local awards, scholarships, and departmental awards. The district partnered with Herff Jones to host the virtual event. Every student participating in the virtual ceremony must complete a permission slip.
Each graduate will also receive their own personal content as a gift from the school to share on social media with family and friends using the hashtags #GradAWAYtion and #MoveTheTassel.
Dolan said that this will be his 36th graduation celebration of his career and that he has loved them all.
“Because of you and all you have overcome, 2020 will always be my favorite, and I will never forget you and I am proud to put that in writing. So, ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to celebrate a class like no other,” he wrote. “My belief in the Class of 2020 is that they and their families understand the essence of EI Pride, which is simply to get up every day, work hard and regardless of challenges or adversity that come your way, you pull together and persevere.”