RANDOLPH, NJ- On Friday, June 5, the Randolph High School parking lot was turned into a four-hour parade, as the soon to be graduated 2020 seniors drove through to pick up their caps and gowns. Each student was assigned a time window to show up between 12:00 and 4:00, based on alphabetical order of last name.
When they arrived, they were treated to a festive scene, complete with balloons, music, and cheering teachers and staff who waived and congratulated as they drove through the lot.
“This was a great way for our students to get back on campus, get a gift bag and see some of their teachers,” said principal Debbie Iosso. “It was also great for us, the high school staff, to see all of our kids - who we have not seen in three months. As a prelude to something we hope we can still do in the future, it really was a fun day, and everyone enjoyed it.”
Students and parents were encouraged to decorate their cars, and many obliged which added to the fun. At various checkpoints, the parent / student would stop their cars, allowing teachers and staff to deliver caps and gowns, lawn signs, a T-Shirt, and a gift bag with balloons – all into the open trunks of each car.
“The RHS Administrative staff and senior class advisors are the ones who really had the idea to do this,” said Iosso. “We knew we had to get our seniors their caps and gowns, so we wanted to make it as festive as we could.”