HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - There will no traditional pomp and circumstance for this year's graduates, according to local high school superintendents.

During Thursday night's Wood-Ridge Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Nicholas Cipriano announced that the district is moving ahead with virtual ceremonies "at this time," saying it's been mandated by the county and state. He noted "all ceremonies will be prerecorded...so no one loses (internet) connection with the ceremonies."

Cipriano said that June 15 will be the Pre-K and sixth grade promotion, and June 16 the third grade promotion and high school graduation. The Senior Awards Ceremony will be June 4 at 5pm, and will also be recorded. He said that some of the organizations would like to  stop by students homes to present them in person, but nothing has been finalized yet.

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Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent Dr. Matthew Helfant announced similar plans to district parents in an email late Friday morning.

"If there should be an easing or lifting of the restrictions imposed by the Governor, we have plans ready to implement for a live graduation," Helfant said in his email. "More information on graduation plans and activities will be sent next week. I know this is very frustrating and disappointing; if I could change it I would. I am hoping that the Governor lifts restrictions on live graduations in the near future."

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