JAMESTOWN – Jamestown High School’s graduation ceremony is returning to the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater this summer.
School officials tell WNY News Now a previously imposed attendance cap was preventing the district from hosting its ceremony.
Specifically, the school believed the cap created a barrier for the district to host a memorable and inclusive graduation for seniors and their families.
In a letter to the New York State’s Department of Health last week, the School Board of Education pointed out that sporting events have been allowed, under NYS guidelines, to have up to 500 unvaccinated or untested spectators outside and 250 unvaccinated or untested spectators inside, yet school graduations in those same facilities, under the same conditions, and in the same locations, are limited to just 200 or 100 attendees without proof of vaccination or a negative test.
The state has now revised their guidelines to allow up to 500 people in an outdoor setting, allowing for the ceremony to be held at the Amphitheater.
The district is planning to hold two ceremonies on Friday, June 25 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Each will honor up to 150 graduates, with each student getting three tickets for their family members.
There will be a process for requesting additional tickets as well.