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Can graduation ceremonies be held?

Last Updated: 06/04/2021

School districts and colleges/universities are allowed to hold in-person graduation ceremonies.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has published updated graduation guidance for school districts, and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) has published updated graduation guidance for institutions of higher education for in-person graduation ceremonies.

There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Individuals in indoor public spaces are not required to wear masks, however, institutions are strongly encouraged to continue to implement health and safety protocols, such as having a mask policy.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue masking and social distancing, based on CDC guidance.

Institutions may choose to adopt stricter COVID-19 event requirements, and institutions may want to consider dividing into smaller ceremonies held throughout the day or over the span of several days to limit crowds, allow for cleaning in between ceremonies, and to allow the attendees to leave the venue before the next group arrives.

Sources: OSHE In-Person College Graduations; NJDOE Considerations for Graduation Ceremonies and Other End-of-Year School Events 2020-2021; Executive Order No. 239; Executive Order No. 242