EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Schools Superintendent Dr. Victor Valeski confirmed today that there will be a "virtual graduation" for the East Brunswick High School Class of 2020. Students will join in a broadcast at 11:00am on Wednesday, June 17. Although the Superintendent and the Board of Education investigated a variety of potions for this year's Senior class, none proved "manageable" for the 710 East Brunswick graduates.
"The names of all graduates will be recited, said Valeski, "And the traditional speeches will be given by the Superintendent, Board of Education President. This year's Valedictorian is Lucy Zou" This year's faculty speaker is Dr. Alan Brodman.
All New Jersey seniors students must officially graduate by June 30. The earliest date proposed by Governor Murphy is July 6. That date also precedes the rescheduled New Jersey primaries on July 7.
"We have been waiting every day, but there was no indication of how to manage such a large crowd of students, families, teachers, and officials, " said Valeski in an interview with TAPinto East Brunswick. "We could fit everyone on our own athletic field, but we could meet the challenge of social distancing or control mask-wearing in a crowd. It just doesn't work out mathematically."
Here is what we know today, said Valeski, "Any in-person outdoor celebration may only occur on or after July 6th. The Governor’s Executive Order 148 limits any in-person celebration of graduation events up to a maximum of 25 individuals, inclusive of students, families, faculty and security. We must submit plans for any in-person celebration of graduation and be approved at least one week prior to the scheduled event."
So, Bears, graduation for the Class of 2020 is virtual, with a possible "celebration event" later in the summer. Celebrate with social distance, masks, and 25 of your Besties. Great adventures lie ahead.