SOMERSET, NJ - What seemed unlikely a few months ago became a reality for many Franklin High School seniors on Wednesday evening: They had an official graduation ceremony.

Because of Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID-19-related restrictions on crowd size, the high school had to split the 2020 graduating class into six separate ceremonies to maintain social distancing during diploma hand-outs. 

All six graduation ceremonies were blessed with good weather. Tonight's ceremony was the final one. 

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For many of the students who had their senior year cut short, when in-person instruction stopped mid-March, it was a welcomed touch of normal. The graduates and teachers were thrilled to see each other for the first time in months as family members looked on with both tears and smiles.

Class of 2020 graduates and their guests arrived at the Heller Park entrance of FHS' campus. Graduates were greeted by jumbo lawn signs with their photos presented side by side along the road to the parking lot. 

Following the processional march to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance," the graduates looked on during a presentation of colors and flag salute ceremony. 

Traditional remarks from the Class President, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian were given virtually, due to COVID-19 related restrictions.

FHS Principal Frank Chmiel, named all the graduates of final 2020 cohort, and led the turning of tassels.

Morning Graduation 
First  Last 
Gurinder Pal Singh
Aarushi Patel
Dhruv Patel
Dhruvikkumar Patel
Dishaben Patel
Harshil Patel
Jagvi Patel
Jay Patel
Khushi Patel
Mitali Patel
Pankti Patel
Pavit Patel
Rishi Patel
Rohan Patel
Shyam Patel
Urja Patel
Ashay Patla
Christian Peguero
Daniela Pelaez-Betancourt
Jordan Pellot
Noel Pena Peralta
Randy Peralta
Gabriel Perez
Dionifel Perez Tapia
Samuel Perez Vasquez
Michael Peterkin
Devin Phillips
MarcosEnrique Phillips
Yolanda Phillips
Jeron Pitt
Morgan Platt
Christian Ponce
Jordan Ponce
Ariela Ponti
Liam Ponti
Peter Powell
Akshay Pozath
Nana Prempeh
Malkiyah Prescott
Steven Quiroz
Jason Ralph
Estefany Ramirez Martinez
Marcus Ramos
Monserrat Ramos-Castaneda
Brianna Rao
Noah Ratliff
Anthony Reeves
Mikayla Reid
Nina Reilly
Juan Restrepo
Anthony Reyes
Zizi Reyes
Marleny Reyes-Velasquez
Armani Reynoso
Carlos Reynoso
Brandon Rice
Arianna Richards
Brianna Richards
Jordan Richards
Jeremy Richardson
Rahsaan Richardson
Gabrielle Riddick
Danny Rios
Cynthia Rios Alvarez
Nelson Rivera
Vicente Rivera
Nicholas Rivera Rodriguez
Melannie Rivera-Mancia
Jenaye Roach
Marcia Roberts
Winmyria Roberts
Jason Robinson
Jocsan Roca
Reyna Rocero
Gaven Roche
Kassandra Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez
Noelia Rodriguez
Yormi Rodriguez
Heriberto Rodriguez Veloz
Sonia Rojas
Nayeli Rosario
Serena Rose
Nicholas Rosikiewicz
Lawrell Russell
Andre Salgado
Jacob Salib
Andres Sanchez-Balzac
Jason Sanghvi
Freddie Santiago
Naomi Santiago
Evening Graduation 
First  Last 
Leslie Santiago-Solano
Elton Santos
Gladis Santos-Salvador
Hassanatu Savage
Kennady Schenck
Keona Schenck
Joseph Schlosser
Shawna Schwarz
Layla Scruggs
Enrique Serrano
Fatmata Sesay
Issata Sesay
Charmi Shah
Amr Shahine
N'na-kadie Sheriff
Edwin Silvestre
Dayaal Singh
Jessica Singh
Krishna Singh
Mahir Singh
Ja'velle Small-Newsom
Avaya Smith
Jadin Smith
Kayla Smith
Kimorai Smith
Tyler Smith
William Smith
Ashlee Sorenson
Xavier Spence
Jairus Sprague
Vaishnav Srivaths
Alexander Stefaniak
Hope Steinbruck
Delilah Stryker
Cierrah Styles
Heaven Styles-Aeriel
Sarah Suchit-Hudson
Shayla Summers
Uma Surampudi
Emmanuel Tan
A'nya'i Taylor-Smith
Omayra Tejada
Tyriq Terry
Steven Teutli-Sanchez
Simone Thompson
Jason Torres
Liliana Torres Peralta
Johann Torres Salguero
Vanessa Torres-Olivos
Brianna Totten
Edward Turay
Onoseta Ufuah
Daniel Upia
Isaac Upia
Christopher Urbina
Stacey Vallecillo
Emily Van Ness
Jersain Vargas
Francisco Vasquez
Tatiana Velasquez Reyes
Kaushik Vemparala
Tabitha Ventura
Alondra Viedma-Mendoza
Danny Vivaldo
Chelsea Wade
George Wade
Elyssa Waga
Amir Walker
Cydney Wallace
Sammona Washington
William Watkis
Jordan Weatherspoon
D'Mon West
Ny'dajia Whitlock
Rajah Wilcox
Stefon Williams
Tiffany Williams
Lexis Wilson
Ryan Wojcik
Mone' Worley
Raven Worley
Tanna Wright
Jahyir Wynns
Merardo Yanes
Johan Yanez Gomes
Francina Yee
Erin-Grace Zara
Megan Zebrowski
Christian Zia

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