GLEN ROCK, NJ - There were 162 graduates seated with their families and socially distanced on the Glen Rock Football Field this morning as the Class of 2020 was able to wear their caps and gowns and see each other in person for the last time as students at Glen Rock High School.
Going through a state mandated lock out for the last four months of their senior year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the students dutifully wore their masks on graduation day as they were seated with their families and distanced from other classmates.
The steamy field and heart-felt speeches in the hour-long ceremony did not deter the students from that one last time to mingle together afterward in spite of their COVID-smattered year.
At the end of the ceremony, when they seemingly could not stand it any longer, there was hugging and several groups of students standing with arms around each other, getting those last high school memories with their parents feverishly pressing the photo button on their cameras.
High School Principal John Arlotta retired prior to the graduation and new High/Middle School Principal Dr. Michael Parent presided over the ceremony.
According to school officials, Glen Rock held a virtual graduation on June 18, and it "went great – [they had] about 500 people streaming live. It was a little over an hour…. Featured speeches from faculty, administration, students, etc. music from [the] choir and band, too. During student “walks” students had the opportunity to personalize their segment with videos of themselves in caps and gowns showing off their personality. [It] was well received."