SUMMIT, NJ - It takes a certain driving ambition to earn the title of 'high school graduate' and, for the Summit High School Class of 2020 and seniors everywhere, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the final months of the journey to that goal a very bumpy road indeed.

However, for one afternoon -- on the very day they were supposed to be assembling in Tatlock Park to accept their diplomas in front of family, friends and loved ones -- the ride was smooth and filled with happiness as the seniors were given a parade of honor that began on Butler Parkway before making its way to Summit High School -- where teachers lined the entrance to the campus -- then continued past the school itself and exited down Weaver Street.

Along the way, the event -- organized by Class of 2020 students' parents and other community members -- saw folks come outside their homes and businesses along the route to offer their congratulations from a safe distance to the graduates, who rode in decorated vehicles with many adorned in their caps and gowns and proudly displaying their 'project graduation' yard signs for good measure.

The City of Summit Police and Fire Departments and the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad served as the parade's official escorts.