Secaucus to hold in-person High School graduation ceremony in July

The announcement came after many rule changes to 2020 graduation ceremonies

An in-person ceremony will take place despite COVID-19.
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An in-person ceremony will take place despite COVID-19.

Secaucus High School has announced it will go ahead with an in-person graduation ceremony on July 14. Superintendent of Secaucus Public Schools Jennifer Montesano and Principal of Secaucus High School Steven Viggiani recently made the announcement.

Earlier in June, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that in-person commencement ceremonies would be acceptable following NJ Department of Education (DOE) guidelines. Before this update, Secaucus High School and other graduations in the town would be limited to a virtual celebration.

Celebrating in July

Murphy ordered that in-person commencement can take place only after July 6.

“The anticipated date will require us to create a plan that will meet the guidelines set forth by the Office of the Governor and the NJ DOE,” Montesano said. “Please note that within these guidelines, strict security and health measures will be taken, including but not limited to, capacity limits, ceremony length, and of course, proper social distancing.”

The fluid state of graduation ceremonies in the state continues to be monitored. According to Montesano, Secaucus has submitted its plan, pending approval. More updates will be shared as the ceremony draws closer.

“We are working very closely with the Board of Education, Mayor and Town Council, and the Secaucus Police Department to make this an event that will celebrate you and your achievements in the Secaucus School District,” Montesano told the students. “Once again, we could not be more excited to be given the opportunity to plan such an event for you and we will all do our best to make it a wonderful, safe and unforgettable ceremony!”

Mayor Michael Gonnelli released a video in late May, prior to the announcement from Murphy on in-person graduation ceremonies, outlining his intentions to continue to fight for an in-person ceremony.

The town has printed more than 180 banners honoring the Class of 2020.

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