Two JS Towns Announce They Will Host In-Person Graduations
Two Jersey Shore towns have publicly announced that they will be hosting in-person graduations. (I can hear the Jersey Shore parents cheer in celebration)
The two towns that just released this announcement are Middletown and Freehold Regional High School District!
These announcements are not incredibly surprising because originally, Governor Phil Murphy said that in-person graduation ceremonies can be held starting July 6th but only a maximum of 25 people can attend.
However, in a recent press conference, Murphy said that he is expecting the new maximum will be 500 people by July 3rd.
For Middletown, no specific dates have been set but the virtual graduation ceremony planned to take place online on June 18th is still on.
"We had recently surveyed and held virtual meetings with our students to possibly hold small group in-person graduations after July 6," said Middletown Superintendent William George in an email. "Due to the updated guidance from the Governor yesterday, we will survey our students again. It is our intention to provide the most meaningful in-person graduation while following the NJDOE and Governor's guidelines to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for our seniors later this summer."
Freehold Regional High School District has announced that each campus will be holding an in-person graduation ceremony during the week of July 27th. Their virtual graduation ceremony will still be held on June 24th.
"With this new guidance providing an increased number of individuals allowed at outdoor gatherings, we will ensure that the Class of 2020 has a special and meaningful graduation,” said Freehold Regional High School District Superintendent Charles Sampson. “Principals will communicate the details of both the virtual and in-person ceremonies as each program nears.”
Phil Governor Murphy has also made a point to mention that safety and social distancing still need to be a top priority when coordinating ALL events.
However, as restrictions continue to ease up in New Jersey, I am sure more Jersey Shore towns will follow Middletown and Freehold.
I have a very strong feeling that a lot of Jersey Shore parents will get to see their graduates take that memorable walk like they have always wanted.