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‘Graduation Weekend’ in RumbleTown begins tomorrow

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- With no Rumble Ponies in town, high school graduates will take over the field at NYSEG Stadium this weekend.

The Rumble Ponies teamed up with Chenango Forks High School, Maine-Endwell High School and Binghamton High School to provide a location for graduation ceremonies.

Rumble Ponies Managing Director John Bayne said the organization chose to do this because "at the end of the day the kids deserved a graduation ceremony, and you have a lot of proud parents out there that want to see their kid graduate."

Each school will hold multiple ceremonies, in order to keep in line with the state's guidelines. Each graduate is allowed two guests, with 150 people allowed per ceremony.

Everyone in attendance is required to wear masks, and the Rumble Ponies staff placed yellow markers on seats to indicate where guests can sit.

There is also time between each ceremony to sanitize and clean.

While this is not a traditional gradutation ceremony, Chenango Forks principal Tim Simonds says the students are appreciative they are able to have an in-person ceremony.

"Forks Nation is coming into RumbleTown. The community coming together just adds so much spirit and support for kids."

Bayne says while it's sad the stadium isn't being used for baseball, he is "certainly happy that it's for such a good cause and at the end of the day, that's why we're doing it."

Chenango Forks will hold three ceremonies Friday, followed by four Maine-Endwell ceremonies Saturday. On Sunday, Binghamton High School will hold seven ceremonies, beginning in the morning and running until 10 p.m.

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