By Ashley Thomaz

Mount Saint Mary College Commencement ceremonies will now allow a maximum of two guests per student. On April 12, seniors at MSMC were informed that ceremonies will take place over the course of several days in order to accommodate students and allow guests.  

MSMC President Jason Adsit previously stated that no guests were allowed to attend ceremonies in-person. However, in a recent email he announced the approval for two guests only. Adsit warns that the pandemic is unpredictable so there is “no guarantee that we will be able to move forward with this plan if New York State or local authorities institute stricter guidelines regarding events and attendance caps.” 

Currently in Orange County, there is a 4.6% positivity rate which dropped from 5.9% in the last two weeks. If the rate remains steady or drops further, in-person ceremonies will continue as planned.

Graduates have been told to keep the weekend open since plans are still fluid. Graduation dates are: Friday, May 21; Saturday, May 22; and Sunday, May 23.