WHITESBORO, N.Y. -- With less than two weeks to go before graduation, the Whitesboro Central School District changed graduation plans. But you won't hear seniors and their parents complaining about the change, just announced on the district website, today.
"I get goosebumps just talking to you about it. It's so amazing. I just dropped her off at college orientation this morning and she couldn't be happier. She was crying, her friends were crying," says Tricia Cater, parent of a Whitesboro senior. "They've just been through so much. They had their ball this past weekend, everything was fabulous, so we're just so appreciative. Whitesboro's been so phenomental through everything."
The district posted the new graduation plans on the district website this morning. Instead of four, staggered ceremonies outside the high school, there will be one ceremony, just like old times, at the Adirondack Bank Center, in Utica. Each graduating senior can bring four guests. Guests will have to provide either a negative Covid test, or, proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated attendees must wear face coverings and maintain social distance. Equally as thrilled as the parents and seniors receiving the news, were the Whitesboro school officials delivering it.
"Well, it's incredibly special for us. It was very well received by the students this morning when it was announced to them. We were very pleased to give them that news. I know as a parent myself of a senior who graduated last year, that last year was very difficult to go through, so we're just very happy that we're able to do it this year in this fashion," says Christopher O'Neil, Director of Pupil Personnal Services.
Graduation is 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 19.