Next Friday's Ridge Graduation (Principal Howlett's Last) to be Livestreamed

Ridge High School Principal Frank Howlett, retiring at the end of the 2016-17 graduation, has no doubt shaken the hands of thousands of Ridge graduates. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Ridge High School graduates of 2016 were on Lee Field when the weather cooperated last June. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Ridge High School graduates receive a traditional handshake when they walk the field at each commencement. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Drew Krause has been hired to become the next principal at Ridge High School, following Principal Frank Howlett's retirement at the end of June. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The 2017 Ridge High School graduation ceremony scheduled for next Friday, June 16, will once again be broadcast in its entirety via streaming video in real time, Ridge Principal Frank Howlett said in a special Friday Folder email to parents.

This will be the last Ridge graduation for Howlett, who has been principal at Ridge since 2006 and is retiring at the end of this school year.

The graduation for the class of 2017 is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., and will either be held outdoors on Lee Field or indoors in the high school gymnasium.

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"The Ridge High School Administration will be making a 'gametime' decision on Graduation Day based on the weather prediction," Howlett said in the email.  If it is necessary to hold the ceremony indoors, a blast announcement will be sent out on Friday afternoon via the district Instant Alert System, he said. 

Graduating seniors will receive tickets to the ceremony after the June 16 graduation rehearsal, the principal added.

Those attending ceremony will be asked to turn off mobile devices

The streaming videocam for the Ridge graduation can be accessed via the “Graduation Live Stream” link link on the Ridge High School homepage, Howlett said. The video will be high definition, and broadcasted regardless of whether the ceremony is held inside or outside.

However, he noted that to provide for the best possible feed, school officials  will be asking all in attendance to turn off mobile devices for the entire ceremony.

"It is my hope that the live video feed will help alleviate the stress caused by inclement weather should circumstances require an indoor graduation ceremony with limited seating," Howlett said. The live stream also provides an option for those who struggle with warm temperatures should the heat be excessive, he noted.

"We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2017 with you on Graduation Day," Howlett said. 

The next principal at Ridge High School's, Drew Krause, was introduced to the community in April, and is scheduled to become the high school's top administrator as of July 1. Krause is coming from serving as principal of Vernon Township High School, where he also filled roles as vice principal, guidance supervisor and district test coordinator.


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