MILLBURN, NJ — After having their scholarly world turned upside down in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Millburn High School Class of 2020 went out on a triumphant note, as they officially celebrated their graduation ceremony in a series of socially-distant mini-celebrations on the field where so many others have graduated before.
In four separate ceremonies, the graduating seniors made their way around the field to their seats, maintaining social distancing. They heard from members of the school administration and student body leadership who made shorter speeches, having already had their say at the earlier virtual graduation held late last month.
One of those student leaders was senior class president Jamie Serruto. Serruto, who is also a member of the Millburn Board of Education used his speech to talk about what he saw as the interesting connotations of the prefix "un" as he felt it applied to the class of 2020.
"We have all and will be venturing down a path of the unknown and the uncertain. Let’s take a look at that prefix - “un” meaning not," he said in his speech.
Serruto added, "It was "uncertain" that we would all be together. It's "unknown" what the future will hold. But while these words might cause fear and discomfort in others, I am confident that for the Class of 2020, it doesn't. We had an unprecedented graduation, an unconventional one at best - endured through unforeseen circumstances and emerged unscathed.
So, while "un" is generally perceived as negative- it isn't when it comes to our class. We know that we will see the positive in all that we collectively and individually do. There has never been a class like the class of 2020. That itself is an understatement."
Dr. Bill Miron, Millburn High School Principal was also proud of what the class of 2020 accomplished. Seaking after the ceremony he said that he was proud of the seniors for being able to wait until July, and that he knew how important the ceremony was to everyone involved.
"We knew from the beginning, it was an important thing," Miron said. "It was important for them, and for their parents, and it was important for the school, so we're happy that this worked out so well."