WESTFIELD, NJ — The commencement ceremony for the Westfield High School Class of 2020 is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, the school district announced.
The ceremony will be livestreamed for families and members of the public, the announcement said. The rain date is July 9, also at 3 p.m., school officials said.
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On July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy had raised the limit on outdoor gatherings to 500 people amid COVID-19. Murphy cited as among his reasons for raising the limit that it would be easier to hold graduations. There are approximately 480 graduates in the Westfield High School class of 2020.
Westfield High School senior class president Alexis Hammer had previously been among students to lobby the governor for allowing outdoor graduation ceremonies.
Guidelines from the state Department of Education require that participants at graduation ceremonies adhere to social distancing protocols.
For in person graduations, the DOE says, schools should consider using tape or other materials to demarcate six feet of distance between students and attendees while standing and walking.
Districts should that all seating for students, guests and staff allows for six feet of distance between persons, according to the DOE.
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