CCHS graduation task force begins planning celebrations for the class of 2020

Colonie Central High School has developed a task force to advise on the commencement ceremony as well as other student recognition for the Class of 2020. The task force is comprised of high school seniors, parents, principals, advisors, PTSA, Board of Education, and district office staff members. The group has begun meeting regularly and will continue to support the planning process as the district navigates alternative solutions to a traditional commencement ceremony. 

“We are excited to work alongside our students, parents, and other members to create a memorable experience for our seniors,” said Lindsay Tresansky, associate principal for CCHS. 

The task force sent out a survey to the CCHS school community and while many students and families indicated that they would participate in an in-person graduation ceremony in August if restrictions were lifted, the majority of participants also indicated they were in favor of a smaller group setting graduation ceremony on the CCHS campus in June.  

In-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 have been in doubt since guidelines were put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 across New York state. The committee will continue to follow the most up-to-date guidelines when developing plans for this year’s celebration. 

“While we are all committed to recognizing students and garnering input from our school community, we also recognize the need to ensure the safety of our students and families, and follow any current or forthcoming guidelines around these in-person celebrations,” said Christopher Robilotti executive principal for CCHS.  “We ask that families be patient with us knowing that the district is not only constrained by the impact of COVID-19, but also by the restrictions on schools set forth through any executive orders issued by the Governor.”

Other events that the committee is looking at include senior prom, senior picnic, awards night, and other student celebrations like senior walkthroughs. Information on these events and other recognition opportunities like lawn signs will be shared with seniors and families once the district receives appropriate clearances and logistics have been finalized.