SPARTA, NJ –The students wore navy blue mortarboard and gown with a white stole, emblazoned a Spartan head and 2020 at the in-person graduation ceremonies on July 9. It was as close to normal as it could be. 

While the mood was somewhat casual, everyone took it seriously.  “Pomp and Circumstance” and the Sparta High School Alma Mater were played.

The in-person graduation ceremonies were able to be held while following the governor’s restrictions on outdoor gatherings by dividing the class in half.  There were 99 students in the first ceremony at 10 a.m. and 117 in the second ceremony at 3 p.m., according to school officials.

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Each student was given two tickets for family members.  The July heat was challenging for everyone.  In addition to the graduation regalia, students wore mask through the whole ceremony, with a moment to take the mask down for a photo. 

There was no (official) cap throw and no Project Graduation but they had their chance to make history in a number of ways including the first graduation to be held on the turf field. 

Editor's notes: This is the first of two articles, this one for the morning ceremony and a second for the afternoon event.  Parents who would like a copy of a photo can email  Please include details about the photo you are requesting.

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