The North Bergen Public Schools will host 8th grade graduation ceremonies at James J. Braddock Park tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This unique ceremony mirrors the North Bergen High School graduation, by having each student walk in and sit with their parents and be at least 6 feet away from their fellow classmates and their families.
To that end, all attendees will be mandated to wear facial masks.
“This was an extremely difficult school year for our students, especially our seniors and 8th graders,” North Bergen Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter said in a joint statement.
“Our students had had to adapt very quickly to a completely new learning environment and overall I’m extremely proud of how well they handled this very unique situation. The ceremonies allow our students to regain a sense of normalcy during very abnormal times. I commend them all for their perseverance and hard work and wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.”
The Horace Mann School will be up first at 9 a.m., followed by the Lincoln & Franklin Schools at 11 a.m., with the Robert Fulton School next at 1 p.m., with the final graduation by the Kennedy and McKinley Schools and Robert Fulton Annex scheduled for 3 p.m.
“I thought it was crucial to hold an in-person ceremony for our graduating classes,” added Mayor Nick Sacco.
“Our children deserved a proper recognition for excelling during very difficult circumstances and what better way to celebrate than with their classmates and parents in person. I congratulate each and everyone of them for a truly remarkable job.”