The six high schools that comprise the Freehold Regional High School District will hold virtual ceremonies for the graduating Class of 2020 on June 24.
Ceremonies for Freehold High School and Howell High School will take place at 4 p.m.
Ceremonies for Colts Neck High School and Freehold Township High School will take place at 5 p.m.
Ceremonies for Manalapan High School and Marlboro High School will take place at 6 p.m.
District administrators said a link to each school’s virtual ceremony will be released in the days prior to the event.
The 2019-20 school year was interrupted for all students and staff members in mid-March when the 2020 coronavirus pandemic struck New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy directed all schools to close.
For the remainder of the school year, students were educated via remote (virtual) learning and plans were made to hold virtual graduation ceremonies for the district’s seniors on June 24.
Earlier this month, Murphy said in-person graduations – following social distancing guidelines – could be held beginning July 6.
FRHSD administrators have said in-person graduation ceremonies will take place during the week of July 27.
“The Class of 2020 is one we will never forget,” Superintendent of Schools Charles Sampson said. “This group of young adults missed out on so much of what should have been the highlight of their high school career, but through it all showed strength and determination.
“With classes switching to remote learning and events like senior awards nights and concerts being held virtually, our seniors quickly adapted to their new reality.
“If nothing else, this pandemic has showcased just how amazing the Class of 2020 is. They will leave our halls in an un-traditional manner, but they will walk away with the knowledge they can overcome the greatest of obstacles.
“Life may not always be how they expect, but our seniors are ready to face any challenge head on. We are excited to honor the Class of 2020 both virtually in June and allow them to walk across the field to recognize their achievement in July,” Sampson said.