Hey Class of 2020! New Jersey Can Have Outdoor Graduation Ceremonies Starting July 6

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See Update below from Montclair High School’s Principal Anthony Grosso:

Beginning July 6th, New Jersey schools will have the opportunity to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing – ensuring the health and safety of all in attendance, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday.

The health data will guide how many people can assemble and any limitations to capacity, Murphy said. He expects to provide more details in terms of allowable numbers this week so schools can plan.

Murphy said July was deemed the right time for allowing outdoor graduation ceremonies take place.

“If we keep making the right progress, we will be in different place by then, hopefully before then,” Murphy said.

Montclair has a virtual graduation planned; Baristanet reached out to Principal Anthony Grosso to ask if plans would change in light of Tuesday’s announcement.

An announcement to parents went out Tuesday afternoon:

Dear MHS Community,

With the announcement of Governor Murphy’s allowance for an in person graduation starting July 6th, we are carefully watching and waiting for the restrictions and protocols that are scheduled for announcement on May 27th. We will use these restrictions and protocols, along with collaboration with our district and local health officials, as guidance for an in person graduation with the inclusion of our originally planned virtual graduation.

Montclair has historically graduated class sizes of over 500 students and this year will not be any different. We look to collaborate with the students and families, while following health and safety protocols, in providing the Class of 2020 with a graduation that they deserve. We look to provide and update once the state protocols and restrictions are delivered later this week.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Anthony Grosso


Could Montclair High School hold graduation outdoors in July? Gov. Murphy announced Tuesday that outdoor ceremonies allowed with social distancing.

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