UNION, NJ - Union High School Class of 2020 students picked up their caps, gowns, diplomas and special gifts at the school on Wednesday and were greeted in a clap-out to music and cheers from their district and school administrators, Senior Class advisors and members of the Union High School faculty and staff.

“This was the culmination of weeks and weeks of planning,” said Union High School Interim Principal Mark Hoyt.  “It’s special because teachers wanted to see their kids one last time, and certainly students wanted to see their teachers.  We wanted to do something special and make a big deal about their graduation."

A virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 students is set for this evening on Channel 34 at 6:30.  An in-person graduation will take place on Wednesday, July 8.

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The team responsible for putting together the diploma and cap and gown giveaway -- including Hoyt, Vice Principals Kimberly Osty, Vincent Rettino, Delia McLean, and Terrell Rutty, and Stephanie White as well as the Senior Class advisors, Cheryl Fiske, Megan Kaplan, Tara Scaramuzzi and the main office secretaries, Lisa Perez and Laura Finnerty -- met every Monday since remote learning began in mid-March to ensure the Class of 2020 students received the best possible send off from their high school experience.

About 65 teachers and staff volunteered to send off Union High School students in a special way.  Dream Factory in Kenilworth provided the balloons for the celebration, and Insta Yard Grams in Roselle Park provided the lawn signs.

"We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in all of their future endeavors," said Hoyt, the administrative team, Senior Class Advisors and the Union High School faculty and staff."

TAPinto Union will be covering the high school’s virtual graduation.  Check back on Thursday for the complete story.