Shaker graduation at the SEFCU Arena in 2018. (Jim Franco/Spotlight News)
COLONIE — Shaker High grads will have a drive thru ceremony on June 27 at its Watervliet Shaker Road campus.
The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and students and immediate families will start at the junior high school entrance and proceed to the high school parking lot. There will be a stage students will cross for a photo op and where they will receive their diploma. They will then exit the main entrance of the high school on Watervliet Shaker Road.
There will be one student and their immediate family allowed per car.
A virtual ceremony was also presented to graduating students and their families as an option, and this was the overwhelming choice, said Superintendent Joseph Corr.
“It is a fitting end,” he said. “The graduating students get to come back to campus one more time and be on campus on the day of their graduation and they get to leave with their diploma.”
Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave school districts the OK to hold drive thru ceremonies or ceremonies at drive in theaters. Many parents and students across the state had been lobbying for in person ceremonies, but large gatherings are suspected of fostering the spread of COVID-19.
Shaker was going to hold its ceremony at the Times Union Center.
Colonie High has formed a committee to determine how best to hold its ceremony, but as of Thursday it had not reached a consensus.