Voters Approve School Budget and Other Propositions

East Greenbush Central School District residents approved all three propositions on this year's Budget Vote and Board Election ballot, including a $104,840,470 budget for the 2022-23 school year, the purchase of eight school buses from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and the establishment of a new Capital Reserve Fund. More than 84% of voters approved of the school budget, which maintains all programs and has no tax levy increase.

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Graduation Information

Columbia High School graduation at HVCCColumbia High School is planning to host an in-person Graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College.

A survey was sent to all seniors and their parents and the majority of respondents favored the Saturday morning ceremony, which was the tentative date when the school calendar was created last year.

Graduation Details:

  • Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College
  • Tickets will not be dispersed as their is sufficient seating capacity for all students and their families
  • Masks are optional
  • There is a mandatory rehearsal on Friday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Columbia Auditorium. At that time, graduating students will receive their caps and gowns.
  • Graduation will be live streamed for free at www.egcsd.org

FAQ: Graduation

Q: When will students receive their cap and gowns?
A: Cap and gown distribution is scheduled for Friday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. during the mandatory rehearsal.

Q: Is there a graduation rehearsal?
A: Yes, it is scheduled for Friday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Columbia auditorium.

Q: Will students be receiving tickets for this year’s graduation?
A: No, tickets will not be dispersed as their is sufficient seating capacity for all students and their families

Q: What is the length of the graduation ceremony?
A: Approximately 90 minutes.

Q: What should students wear under their robes?
A: Appropriate attire should be worn under the student’s gown. Light colored dress attire should be worn (dresses/dress pants). Students need to climb and descend stairs and appropriate footwear should be worn. Flip-flops are not appropriate and have caused students to fall down the stairs in past ceremonies.

Q: Do students or their parents need a negative COVID test to attend graduation?
A: No.

Q: Are face masks required at graduation?
A: Face masks will be optional.

Q: What are the parking procedures?
A: Free parking is available at HVCC.

Q: When will students in the National Honors Society (NHS) receive their gold cords?
A: Students will receive their gold cords with their caps and gowns.