WOODBRIDGE – The Class of 2020 for Woodbridge Township School District’s three high schools want to graduate on their respective football fields.
That is the overwhelming response school officials received in a survey they sent out to the students, Schools Superintendent Robert Zega said.
The superintendent said after a long discussion on June 4, central administration, principals, and members of the Woodbridge Board of Education made the decision the district will hold live graduations for Colonia High School, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and Woodbridge High School on July 8 on their respective football fields.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced on May 27 modified in-person events or drive-in graduations can be held starting on July 6.
“We will have three separate high school graduations just like we normally do,” Zega said in his weekly message to parents on June 5. “The students will be on their field seated six-feet apart with their masks and cap and gowns and have a very similar ceremony to what we usually do.”
Zega said it depends on regulations from the state Department of Education and local health officials, but said school officials will fight in efforts to allow the graduating classes to gather one last time in a safe manner.
The last day of school for the Woodbridge Township School District is June 10. The previous drive-ins for the senior classes are re-scheduled for July 8.
The district is holding a community “Class of 2020 congrats” recognition on June 10 at 8:20 p.m., which is 2020 in military time.
“We encourage the community to step out of their houses, honk their car horns, and rattle their pots and pans,” Zega said. “We encourage our graduates to go out in front of their houses in their caps and gowns and throw their caps. This is for community recognition for our graduates because they’ve been through a lot and certainly deserve our recognition.”
Zega said further graduation announcements will come.
For more information visit www.woodbridge.k12.nj.us.