MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Twp. High School graduation details were revealed for the class of 2020. The senior class will have a drive-thru ceremony on June 23 – the last day of school – picking up their diploma from a table in front of the high school’s steps, followed by a graduation ceremony video to be released in the evening.
High School Principal Douglas Sanford sent an email to parents and seniors June 8 that detailed the event, which, considering that there are 320 students, would be accomplished in five waves of cars starting at 7 a.m. and finishing up around 6:30 p.m. Vehicles are to begin to line up at Lazar Middle School at the time that students signed up for online – there are five “waves” of graduation caravans: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The approximately 64 families per wave will have 45 minutes to take pictures on a stage similar to the stage located at the high school.
The vehicles will then proceed with aid from the Montville Twp. Police Dept. down Changebridge Road into the Brittany Road neighborhood so they can go straight into the high school parking lot, circle around the back parking lot, and drive to the driveway circle on the side of the building, near the football field.
A single car at a time will enter the circle, stop at the front stair of the school, the graduate will get out of the car, their name will be called, and they will walk across the stage. Then they will pick up their diploma from a table on the stage. A vendor will take their photo, and the student will return to their vehicle and the vehicle will leave the high school property.
Sanford wrote that he expects each wave to take up to three hours, including the 45 minutes of time gathering at Lazar, 10 minutes of time caravaning to the high school and then two hours of wait time in vehicles in the parking lot looping around to the front stairs. Portable toilets will be provided at both schools, he said, and they will be sanitized after each use. Families are not to open car windows, sun roofs, or convertible tops, he warned. Families were asked to wear masks, stay in their cars and maintain social distancing. Staff would be available to provide guidance, according to Sanford. The graduation will be held in this manner rain or shine, he said.
The district expects to live-stream the drive-thru event. The YouTube of the commencement ceremony will be premiered at 7 p.m. on June 23.
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