KENILWORTH, NJ - Traditionally the month of May is filled with celebrations leading to graduation. This year, however, will be different for many Kenilworth residents and David Brearley students. Due to the coronavirus, prom and graduation have been postponed to a future date not yet announced. Several members of the David Brearley Class of 2020 voiced their opinions on what it means not to have a traditional end of the school year as well as their thoughts on a not so traditional graduation. 

Adriana Famigletti

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Having a traditional graduation is something I think is important to have. It is something we work so hard for and look forward to having as a memory. The coronavirus has impacted my senior year, causing us all to lose out on the fun events that we are supposed to have as seniors, allowing us to remember all the good times we had together throughout our years at Brearley, and to also create a few last memories before we all go off to college. 

Faith Layden

Obviously not having a traditional graduation is super upsetting and I hate not being able to see the rest of my classmates. I understand why these measures were taken. If we were to get back to everything too soon, we could go through a second wave, which wouldn’t be good and could delay the start of all of our first semesters in college, or any other road someone is taking. I am still happy that we are able to get some sort of celebration for all of our accomplishments. The coronavirus has unfortunately impacted my family a number of different times. My great grandmother, unfortunately, passed away due to this virus, she was 92 years old and caught it in her nursing home. I’ve also had some family friends that unfortunately passed away due to COVID-19.  I just wish everyone good luck with whatever they are doing after high school! I will forever love the class of 2020.

Juan Guirales

My opinion of not having a traditional graduation is that I’m not happy about it obviously, but that’s not what I care about. I just want everyone to be healthy and safe and if they have to cancel graduation to do that then I shouldn’t complain. The coronavirus has impacted my life in bad ways. I can’t go out with friends, I can’t go to the movies, and I can’t even eat at restaurants. But, it’s also impacted me in a great way and that’s being with my family. It allowed me to spend more time with my family in ways that I have never done before. Everything happens for a reason and I have faith that everything will be alright.


Mary Georgs

Not having a traditional graduation makes me sad. I don’t think a virtual graduation is ideal. It’s not fair to the class of 2020 that we cannot have a traditional graduation. Our class will have a unique graduation during a pandemic. This is definitely a year we won’t forget, and we will remember for the rest of our lives. 

Brandon Hernandez

I feel like the coronavirus really just came in and took control to be honest. I'm glad the schools got locked down and I knew they would from the start. I feel that it was done to keep people safe. Many people feel bad for us which is understandable. I'm glad that I had 3 1/2 years in Brearley and I’m grateful for that future!

Brent Kikta

I wish that our senior year wasn’t cut short but it was. I wish that I knew it was our last day of school because I would’ve taken the time to get pictures with my friends and make the best out of the last day of school. I would have said goodbye to the teachers and the friends I have at Brearley. Everything happens for a reason and this is one of those things we have to accept and take it as it comes. I think closing the school was a great decision as it kept us and our families safe. It allowed us to ensure that we didn’t spread the virus and that we weren’t dangerous for our family members.

Evelyn Wetzel

I won’t be having a senior season of softball and I think I speak for all the spring athletes when I say it’s devastating. It could have been the year we snatched a championship and it would’ve really helped those who plan to play in college. As for graduation I think the school needs to figure out a way to do something better than a virtual ceremony, this is what we worked for since kindergarten all these years of hard work and getting good grades was to get here, and now we might not even get it. I think all of this has impacted a lot of people’s mental health including my own, having all these things taken away from us and having to be by ourselves as we watch them get canceled. 

Alex Powers

Having a traditional graduation has always been something that I always assumed I would have, never did I think it would be taken away from me, but it was. The COVID-19 virus has taken away what was supposed to be one of the best years of my life. I can’t see my friends or be in my musical and I can’t even go out for an actual college orientation. I remember always watching movies with kids finally graduating and always wanted to feel as happy as they did and now I can’t do that, my school year was cut short and I’ve missed something that I’ll never get back.


Justin Gench

I can’t say I expected to have a traditional graduation after all of this began, so I wasn’t super affected by the news. Although I am disappointed in a way, having the school year cut short is bittersweet because our “last day” wasn’t treated like a last day of school. The fact that high school was ending wasn’t looming over us while we made our last memories there. Of course I’d like to go back, but I’m just looking forward to summer.

Joseph Marques

I would’ve never thought that anything like this would happen, especially during our graduation year. It’s pretty disappointing that I won't be able to spend the rest of my senior year with my friends. I’ve had so many things planned for my last year in high school, such as prom, our Spring Concert, our Musical, and of course graduation. I’m hoping that when all of this is over we can all see each other one more time.

Brianna Gallagher

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I think I can speak on behalf of all of the seniors that we just kept hoping that each week would be the last. That we would go back to school, get to go to our senior prom, have our senior trip, our senior dinner, and most importantly, a normal high-school graduation. Being in high school you’re always told that your last year will be your best year and I think we were robbed of what is told to be the last few months that you’ll remember forever. This will definitely be something I will remember forever but not the way I would want to remember my senior year. I know it’s not ideal but I know that the faculty and staff will work hard to make something great come of an unpredictable situation considering the circumstances. Thank you to the class of 2020 for making it an unforgettable time at David Brearley High School. 

Ashley Carvajal

Since the coronavirus outbreak it has impacted the world tremendously. Sadly, seniors just won't have the opportunity to have a traditional graduation. For my family it’s very heartbreaking to not see me receive my diploma. I am the first in my family to graduate high school which is a huge accomplishment. My whole life I’ve been waiting for this moment to show my parents how much their sacrifices mean to me. This is something my parents have been looking forward to for 17 years. It’s been really hard to accept the fact that it has been taken away from us. A day where we were all going to celebrate a huge milestone is now gone. 

Michael Naya

I never thought that our last day of school would have been in the middle of March. I know that the Coronavirus has impacted the world and everyone in it but I wish we knew that would be the last time we saw our friends. I am grateful for the friendships I have made and the people I have met. I am proud to have been a member of the class of 2020 and proud of all graduating members of my grade. I hope that one day we can all meet again but if we do not have a graduation I am grateful for each and everyone of you.

At the present time it is unknown if the class of 2020 will receive a proper graduation or when. These students were all impacted by the Coronavirus as their senior year was cut short. Although they were all impacted this will be a senior year they will never forget.