BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Ridge High School seniors will have their in-person formal graduation ceremony in three different sessions on Wednesday, July 15 on the school football field.

Splitting the ceremony was necessary in order to comply with Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order that limits outdoor public gatherings to 500 or fewer people.

The 457 graduates will be assigned to a ceremony time based upon alphabetical order.

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The 10 a.m. ceremony will be for students with last names of Aaron through Herzberg. The 1 p.m. ceremony will be for students Hess through Patel, and the 4 p.m. ceremony for Perez through Zucker.

If it rains, the event will be held the next day at the same hour.

In addition to crowd capacity limits, guests and graduates will be expected to observe social distancing requirements. That means people should stay six feet apart, wear facial coverings, not exchange items and avoid hand-to-hand contact.

Each graduate will be limited to invite two guests, who must hold tickets that will be distributed. All three ceremonies will be live-streamed to provide those family members and friends not in attendance the opportunity to watch their senior graduate.  

A professional from GradImages will take photographs for parents to purchase. GradImages, which also took photos at the June 18 photo opportunity “walk through” on Lee Field, will have both the June 18 and the July 15 proofs available for ordering through the end of July

School administrators said it was imperative that families complete a form confirming their graduates’ participation in the July 15 ceremony. If the designated schedule impacts an original decision about a child’s participation, parents should resubmit the survey a second time. The most current time-stamped submission will be used.