CRANFORD - "You've probably heard it a million times, but I'm going to say it again. We are living in unprecedented times."
Those were some of the opening words of the Cranford High School Class of 2020 President Liam Loughlin. Loughlin was one of the many leaders of the Class of 2020 who had to pull double duty on Wednesday night at Memorial Field.
Rather than have all 265 students graduate at the same time with no audience, Cranford High School elected to break the class up into two ceremonies and allow each graduate two family members in attendance. The first ceremony was held at 6:30 for students with a last name starting with A-K, followed by a second at 8:30 for students with a last name starting with L-Z. For those who could not attend, the ceremonies were live streamed on TV35, and you can catch the replay of each on the TV35 Facebook page.
"It might not be the year we were hoping for, but one day we can tell our kids about it. We're going to look back and laugh at how crazy everything was," added Loughlin.
"Cranford has raised us into the fine young men and women who sit here today because of the many challenges we have overcome, both together and on our own, inside the classroom and out. We will always have Cranford as a home. Cranford will always be here for us when we need it. Cranford raised us and made us who we are. But now it's time to start the next chapter of our lives and write our own names into the pages of history. The world is your oyster, and not even a shellfish allergy can stop you. Live without regrets, be kind, and leave the world better than you found it. If not us, then who? Class of 2020, I wish you the best. Cheers," he closed.