KENILWORTH, NJ - Wednesday, July 22, an in-person, modified graduation ceremony was held on the football field for the DBMS eighth-grade class. 

Social distancing was strictly enforced as chairs were spread out six feet apart and the bleachers were marked with blue tape where only two members of the family sat. The graduates were sent home their diplomas prior to the ceremony and carried their certificate when their name was called. Valedictorian Kalina Soares and Salutatorian Lorilei Salfred-Ingham each made a speech. 

Kalina expressed her appreciation that the ceremony was able to take place. “For most, graduation is a day you will go on to remember for years to come. For the graduates of the class of 2020, this is especially true. Despite the current circumstances, the David Brearley staff put together both a safe and heartfelt ceremony. Their precautions showed they had everyone’s health in mind. This day might not have gone as we pictured, but it was nonetheless both gratifying and memorable.”

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Lorilei also stated “Our middle school graduation will definitely be one we remember. It wasn’t exactly how we pictured it, but I'm very grateful that we were able to see our classmates for one final hurrah. We all owe our teachers, and the Brearley staff, great thanks for helping us get through these past months. Our graduation and 8th-grade year might not have gone as planned, but it ended just as it should. With all the students relieved to finally graduate! For many of us, this is the last time we will be at Brearley, whether it’s because we are changing schools or moving. The “bumps” in the road we faced will only prepare us for the future. Good luck to everyone in their new beginnings.”

Mayor Linda Karlovitch, whose daughter Angelina was among the graduation class said “I would like to congratulate all the class of 2020 graduates. I wish each of you success as you start the next chapter in your life’s story.”