DENVILLE, NJ -- June is fast approaching, which means it soon will be time for students to graduate from middle school and high school. Yet, with the coronavirus threat still lingering, some schools are contemplating whether to hold such important events virtually or in-person. In Denville Township, Valleyview Middle School and Morris Knolls High School have plans to hold their annual graduation ceremonies virtually.


Valleyview’s virtual graduation tentatively will occur on June 17. The exact time has not been decided. This year, 228 eighth graders will say good-bye to middle school and head off to high school, led by their co-valedictorians Serena Lombardi and Sofia Marek.

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“These are extraordinary times, and we are learning as we go,” said Superintendent Steven Forte.

“At this point, the only feasible graduation is a virtual ceremony, therefore, we are planning a virtual ceremony. We have not eliminated the possibility of other types of ceremonies if the circumstances allow.”

Morris Knolls

For the high school, a virtual graduation ceremony is being planned for June 23, with the exact time undecided as of now. This year, Morris Knolls parents will see 387 students conclude one significant chapter in their lives and start a new one in college or perhaps the military. Additionally, Morris Knolls will celebrate with a live ceremony currently scheduled for August 1.

This year, the Class of 2020 will be led by valedictorian Helen Cedzidlo and salutatorian, Michael Scornavacca. Cedzidlo has earned a grade point average of 104.3879 and will be attending Tufts University in the fall. Scornavacca has a 103.2593 grade point average and will be attending Princeton University.


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