FAIR LAWN, NJ - It was more than 90 degrees and COVID-late, but the Class of 2020 got to walk the stage at Sasso Field.
Wearing caps and gowns on July 21, 372 students who had already officially graduated on June 22 during a car caravan when they received their diplomas, sat socially distanced on the sweltering field. It was the last chance to steal back some normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic, which had stolen their last three-plus months of in-person schooling.
Parents and friends were not invited to the event, but a few stubborn family members were on the peripheral cheering when their student's name was called.
According to school officials, student class officers took the lead organizing the "Walking Ceremony," in which speakers included Principal Paul Gorski, Class President Dennis Vink, and three others: Eitan Schkolnick, Jacqueline Giz and Drusilla Zheng.
And in one last act of fun defiance, several students threw their caps in the air, right after being instructed not to on the loud speaker. Ahhhh, to be young.