CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham's ECLC was able to make a positive out of the Coronavirus pandemic by holding its first-ever outdoor graduation ceremony for its 2020 seniors on Wednesday evening.

The school held a virtual graduation on June 11, but was able to get 16 of its 22 seniors together for an outdoor ceremony.

"I don't think we've ever had an outdoor ceremony," Jason Killian, ECLC principal said. "It's great that we're able to do this because this is the big event for all of them."

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ECLC, a school for children and adults with special needs, was founded 50 years ago and the school has had a home in Chatham for 31 years.

The graduating seniors walked in to Pomp and Circumstance. Killian and assistant principal Allison Clemens made opening remarks. Peter Petrou, ECLC's executive director, also was in attendance.

The students received awards and scholarship recognition before each received their diplomas. 

ECLC Principal Jason Killian makes opening remarks at 2020 graduation

The ECLC graduating class included Anish Arora, Klervo Auguste, Jayden Battle, Thomas Max Charbonneau, Ithaley Feliz, Alec Gavenda, Michelle Iandacochea, Dylan Nielsen, Alexander "AJ" Wisniewski, Lawrence Kofi Wiafe, Elizabeth Lizzie Whipp, Danielle Sass, Angelica Romero, Luke Polera, Nina Paragioudakis, Isaiah Ocasio, Robert Cece, Nicole Ferrer, Jadeliz Garcia, Donovan Garrity, Jason Gudz and Alec Moller.

ECLC 2020 Seniors walk into graduation to Pomp and Circumstance