SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On what was originally scheduled to be graduation day, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's class of 2020 instead had a car parade that started at the high school and went through the streets in both towns. 

The event started in the parking lot, where the graduating seniors posed for pictures. Next, they drove through the parking lot, where they were greeted by a DJ, superintendent Dr. Joan Mast, principal David Heisey, teachers, coaches, and administrators waving signs. With parents driving the vehicles, each student picked up a gift bag and then followed the route along Westfield Ave. and Park Ave. in Scotch Plains, and Martine Ave. in Fanwood.

"It was the most exhausting, exhilarating, heartwarming experience," said Lisa Ciarrocca, a member of the committee that organized the event. "It was months of planning, replanning, gathering approval, scheduling the senior groups with friends and praying for good weather."

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“After all they went through, these kids had their day in the sun. They certainly deserve it. I would not have missed it for the world,” said Mayor Al Smith, who attended the festivities.

The day also featured a video graduation tribute to the Class of 2020 that debuted at 7:00 p.m. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.'s Grand Re-Opening Marketing specials provide local businesses with social media marketing, content marketing, and brand awareness as well as the flexibility to market in neighboring towns. To find out more, click here.