CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham High Class of 2020 made history on Wednesday with two graduation ceremonies at Cougar Field, as the 314 departing seniors were split in half physically to abide by Gov. Phil Murphy's guidelines for outdoor events during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the morning session at 9 a.m., the first 157 members of the graduating class received their certification, ending in the middle with Nicholas Thomas Lok. The 12-noon ceremony continued with graduate Carson William Lubrano as the other 157 members of the class took center stage.
Laura Scerbo, the CHS faculty advisor, received the Distinguished Teacher Recognition from the Class of 2020.
Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa opened his remarks with: "The last four months were the worst of my life." He quickly shifted to a more optimistic message that concluded with the certification of the Class of 2020 (see video below).
Valedictorian Katherine Wang and Salutatorian Veronica Quidore attended both sessions, with Wang giving her well-received speech themed "Once upon a time...." (a portion of which can be viewed below).
CHS Principal Darren Groh quoted Robert Fulghum's essay "All I needed to know I learned in kindergarten." A portion of his remarks can be viewed below.
Jill Critchley Weber, president of the board of education, closed out the ceremonies with her confirmation, instructing the graduates to move their tassels from the right side of their caps to the left (a portion of her remarks are below).
Emma Frohnapfel is the first of the CHS 2020 graduates to leave the field in the morning session, followed by her classmates.
The 2020 Graduates leave Cougar Field after the second ceremony.