SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School’s Class of 2020 will be celebrated at two separate ceremonies next week. Diplomas, along with details and report times about the Wednesday, July 8 commencement, were handed out to students on Tuesday.
“We have been working to provide our seniors with as much of a graduation as we can,” Superintendent Dr. Noreen Lishak told TAPinto South Plainfield.
According to district officials, the 240 students will be split down the middle alphabetically with the first 120 attending a 9 a.m. ceremony and the remaining 120 attending a second ceremony at noon. Both ceremonies will be live-streamed and, in the event of inclement weather, graduation will be rescheduled for Thursday, July 9.
Each student is allowed just two guests and will be assigned a specific seat location and processional spot. No additional guests will be allowed at either ceremony; all other attendees will include district administrators, board of education members, nurses, and members of the South Plainfield Police Department. Attendees must also park in an assigned lot – either the PAL/Jost Field or Kennedy School - as indicated on the graduation information sheet distributed this week.
Graduates and guests are expected to follow all social distancing rules including, but not limited to wearing masks, maintaining a minimal distance of six feet from other graduates and guests, and arriving symptom free; upon entry, temperature checks will be conducted and anyone with a temperature that exceeds 100.4 degrees will not be granted admittance.
The graduate and their special guests will take part in a procession onto Jost Field and the ceremony will include prerecorded music and brief speeches. Taking to the podiums, which will be draped in flowers donated by Mohn’s Florist, will be Lishak, Board of Education President Doug Chapman, and Interim Principal Robert Diehl as well as Class of 2020 Valedictorian Fiza Rizvi, Salutatorian Liesl Co, Senior Class President Braedon Dobrynio, Student Council President Obinna Ibeku, and National Honor Society President Alicia Vazquez.
Each of the students’ names will be called, and they will have the opportunity to walk across the field and through the arch provided each year by Mohn’s; no diplomas will be handed out at this time. After all students’ names are called, the graduates and their special guests will take part in a procession off the field.
“We are happy that South Plainfield High School’s Class of 2020 will be able to take part in an in-person graduation ceremony,” said Lishak. “Although different from previous years, this year’s commencement is as unique as this class.”
“While this graduation ceremony will not be what we have come to enjoy as traditional, we are pleased to be able to do the best we can for our graduating seniors,” added Chapman.
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