ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park Middle School students celebrated their graduation with a ceremony live on YouTube on Thursday night. All 178 names of graduating 8th graders were read out loud at the end of the ceremony.

“Your world awaits you with so many opportunities,” Principal Patricia Gois said in her message to the graduates.  

Vice Principal James Shriner and Superintendent of Schools Pedro Garrido and School Board President Joseph Signorello Jr. also offered their own messages to graduates, expressing their pride in the way the class of 2020 dealt with the massive changes in their last few months of school.

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Student council president Natalie Grace Medina addressed her classmates from home and talked about her time at RPMS.

“Middle school was not easy...” Medina said. “I am so thankful that I had the most supportive teachers to help me get through it all in a mature way,” added Medina, specifically thanking teachers who she could always count on to talk her through things.

The video also featured short messages from RPMS teachers and counselors offering congratulations to the future high schoolers.

Roselle Park High School will be hosting a virtual graduation at 7 p.m. on Friday. An outdoor ceremony for High School graduates is also planned for July 14th with a 500 person limit on the number of attendees.