FAIR LAWN, NJ - A festive drive-by graduation, that's the gift COVID-19 left for Fair Lawn 2020 High School graduates, a process that lasted approximately three hours on the morning of June 22.
Each graduate's name was announced from a Fair Lawn fire truck parked at the high school's proverbial front door facing Berdan Avenue. While Berdan Avenue is the front of the school, students enter daily in the rear of the school.
Car after car drove by the "front" of Fair Lawn High School, each numbered with the graduate's name on it, mostly driven by a family member and a graduate sticking out from the roof or waving from a side window.
Approximately 370 senior class students graduated from the population of just under 1,500 students in grades 9-12 at the high school.
The students' senior year was marked by three months of classes from home as the COVID-19 pandemic locked them and their families indoors, relegating learning to home and depriving them of almost all senior activities from sports to trips, to simple memories of lunch with a friend in the cafeteria or a meeting of an afterschool club.
Nonetheless, it was all smiles the morning of June 22 when the students waved goodbye to their Fair Lawn schooling and looked forward to jobs and college in the fall.