Protocol and Guidelines

Requirements

Per New York state's existing health guidance for large scale outdoor events, all graduates and/or guests, will be required to:

  • Complete a contact tracing form (the graduate will complete the form in the MarchingOrder site for both guests)
  • Show a form of identification that includes your name and photo (student ID card, driver's license, passport or other form of identification)
  • Provide proof at the check-in table of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the ceremony

Following state guidelines, social distancing will be observed, and face coverings and masks must be worn when arriving on campus until check-in.

Check-In Process: Upon arrival, graduates, as well as their two (2) guests, should go directly to the check-in table and present the following items:

  • form of identification that includes your name and photo (student id card, driver's license, passport or other form of identification)
  • print out of the GradPass (for graduates) or a print out of the guest ticket (for guests)
  • proof of the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the ceremony; no exceptions can be made for those unable to provide proper documentation.

Face coverings/masks:

  • Graduates and guests will be asked to socially distance and wear masks when arriving on campus until they check-in and provide full proof of vaccination.
    • For fully vaccinated graduates and guests - masks are optional.
    • For unvaccinated graduates and guests - masks are required and only optional while seated and socially distanced.
  • Once graduates and guests are seated in their family units, face coverings and masks may be removed for the duration of the ceremony while seated and socially distanced.
  • Graduates will be asked to wear their face covering and mask when they are lining up to cross the stage platform.
  • If graduates wish to remove their face covering and mask while crossing the stage platform and posing for their photo, they will be allowed to do so as long as they put it back on immediately after exiting the platform and returning to their seat.

There can be no exceptions to the deadlines, guest limits, vaccination requirements, or other protocols shared above. 

Adhering to the regulations above will ensure a smooth check-in process for all graduates and their guests.

Please note that our in-person ceremony plans continue to be subject to New York City and New York State Department of Health regulations and approval.