NEW JERSEY — Has coronavirus put a crimp in your high graduation? You're not the only one, and a growing chorus of signers to an online petition want the governor to do something about it.

One parent has started an online petition calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to “find a creative way for the class of 2020 to graduate in a traditional matter.” By of 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, 23,714 people had signed the petition.

Petition organizer Lisa Gyongyosi writes that it is “unreasonable for you to ban all graduation ceremonies other than virtual ones.”

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The full text of the petition is below. To sign the online petition, click here.

Governor Murphy, while our state has been very supportive of your actions during the pandemic, the parents of the graduating class of 2020 find it very unreasonable for you to ban all graduation ceremonies other than virtual ones. While we understand the severity of the health crisis we are facing we believe that our seniors have been waiting for this moment for many years and it does not have to be an all or nothing option.

While you have opened golf courses, parks, beaches, boardwalks, Targets, Walmart’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot’s, liquor stores etc, we are certain it is possible to find a creative way for the class of 2020 to graduate in the traditional manner while following the social distancing rules set forth.

We urge you to take this under serious consideration as this is “essential” to our children’s emotional, mental and social well being.

The Parents of the Class of 2020

State officials have spoken out against any gatherings, including certain “wave parades” that could draw crowds of people in excess of the 10 allowed to gather under Murphy's stay-at-home order.

State Police Col. Patrick Callahan said wave parades are a great gesture to give that sense of solidarity, but “when 50 people standing on top of each other on the curb of a hospital or in front of a high school, that's where the problem comes in.”

MORE: Westfield Super Reacts to NJ School Closures, Says District Planning Virtual Year-End Celebrations

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