ROXBURY, NJ – Something that seemed unlikely not long ago became a reality Wednesday for many Roxbury High School seniors: They had an official graduation ceremony.

Because of Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID-19-related restrictions on crowd size, the high school had to split the 2020 graduating class into three separate ceremonies to maintain social distancing during diploma hand-outs.

But for students whose school was closed in mid-March, it was a welcomed touch of normal. The graduates were thrilled to see teachers for the first time in months as family members looked on with both tears and smiles.

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All three graduation events were blessed with good weather, but it took a bit of juggling. Rain forced the final ceremony, which was supposed to take place at 4 p.m., to be delayed for two hours.

All the ceremonies took place at the Horseshoe Lake Park Bandshell in Succasunna with families kept six feet apart.

The historical nature of the day didn’t escape those who participated. Roxbury High School Principal Dominick Miller said it was a graduation to remember, capping a challenging year.

To see more photos from the graduation ceremonies, click these links:

Ceremony One

Ceremony Two

Ceremony Three

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