2020 Graduation Update

2020 Graduation Update
Posted on 05/29/2020

May 29, 2020


Dear Argyle CSD Students, Parents, Families, and Community Members, 


I appreciate that there are a number of questions regarding our plans for our upcoming graduation ceremony.  While there are still more questions than answers, I’m writing to provide you with some information on how the district is moving forward in planning this important milestone for our seniors and their families.


As you are aware, the current Executive Order has closed school districts for the remainder of the year and precludes gatherings of larger than ten (10) people.  Since a school district cannot knowingly and willingly violate New York State Law, including issued Executive Orders, we remain in a holding pattern in regard to an in-person graduation ceremony. 


Additionally, throughout the period of closure, we have remained in close contact with the Washington County Department of Health; the DOH has indicated that they cannot support an in-person graduation at this time for the same reasons mentioned above.  


It is our hope that between now and June 26th, the Governor’s office will lift components of the Executive Order and allow the district to host an in-person graduation ceremony; we are currently making plans for this scenario.


In the meantime, in coordination with our Senior Class advisors, we are developing a virtual graduation ceremony that will be produced, should an in-person ceremony be prohibited.  However, please note that if a virtual ceremony is necessary, we are developing alternate plans that will still allow us to physically award diplomas to our graduating seniors.  We are also planning to hold an in-person graduation event, when allowed to do so.  In order to provide as much time as possible to be given approval for an in-person event, the district will not make a final decision on the type of ceremony until shortly before our scheduled graduation date.


Please be assured that we are working hard to ensure that our Senior Class receives the recognition that they deserve.  Like you, we hope that the Governor’s office provides schools with the latitude to make the right decision for the Class of 2020.  




Michael Healey