Siena College president calls on Cuomo to update graduation capacity

Jonathan Hunter
Updated: April 28, 2021 03:14 PM
Created: April 27, 2021 08:21 PM

Colleges and high schools in New York are making plans for graduations. However, there's a 10% cap on capacity.

That has some folks crying foul, as they see other venues being allowed more people.

Siena College President Dr. Chris Gibson says the guidelines do not make sense.

Starting May 19, arenas can hold 25% capacity for sporting events. However, if you go to an arena for a graduation with more than 150 people, capacity is capped at 10%.

Siena plans to hold their graduation on May 30 at the Times Union Center.

With the current guidelines, Dr. Gibson says they will have to hold two graduations for the Class of 2021. They are allowing two guests per graduate.

He says if they were allowed to have 25% capacity, they would be able to have just one ceremony.

He says they can do this safely. He is calling on the governor to update the guidelines.

Dr. Gibson is optimistic that the policy will be updated. He has not heard back yet from the governor.

Hear more about how he says updated guidance would be really beneficial to the Siena community by watching the video of Jonathan Hunter's story.


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