Class of 2020 graduation update

Dear Class of 2020 families,

NYS Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause” executive order is currently through May 15, with a state of emergency declared through June 6. We continue to wait for word on when our region will be able to open, a decision that has the potential to affect graduation ceremony plans for every school district in the state, including ours.

As we’ve stated in previous communication, it remains a continued priority for the district to hold a graduation ceremony at some point, depending on the reopening process of New York State. Our scheduled date of Saturday, June 27 and location of the Saratoga Springs City Center remains tentative, as we continue to monitor news and guidelines from the state level. However, per the Saratoga Springs City Center, this option would be for students only and livestreamed, even if the pause is lifted.

We would prefer to have parents included in this special and momentous day in their child’s life and have been exploring other options for a graduation ceremony. Please know and understand, this decision will ultimately be based on future guidance from the Department of Health and if there is another executive order from Governor Cuomo. 

From the beginning of the pandemic’s effect on our school district and its forced closure, graduation has never left the forefront of our minds. It is as important to us as administrators as much as it is to you as parents. We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we await further guidance that will help mold our decision. 


Dr. Ryan Sherman

James Ducharme
High School Principal