District unveils plans for virtual, in-person graduation ceremonies

Vineland Public Schools announced today that, pending state approval, the district plans to host an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 in early July. The in-person event will likely consist of two social distance ceremonies designed to accommodate limited family attendance. The event will divide the graduates equally by alphabet, and will be hosted at Gittone Stadium.

“Like our friends and neighbors throughout the Garden State, Vineland has abided by the Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy,” said Dr. Mary Gruccio, Superintendent. “Our School Board and Administration echo the Governor’s repeated concerns about public safety and remain committed to making decisions which best serve the overall interests of Fighting Clan students, their families, and the community.”

Upon learning of the mandate to continue online instruction for the duration of the school year, prior to the Governor’s announcement enabling in-person graduations, the district and high school administrators developed a comprehensive virtual graduation ceremony. This event is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 through Comcast channel 9, Verizon Fios channel 41, as well as on Youtube. It is intended to recognize the impressive achievements of our senior class, while keeping everyone safe amidst the continuing challenges of COVID-19.

Regardless of the decision from state officials for the July in-person ceremony, the district will be conducting a “drive by” event to acknowledge Vineland High School seniors and their achievements. This event will enable all graduates to receive their diplomas on June 15th and June 16th.

The district will provide detailed information on the upcoming events to students and their families through the Vineland High School Administration.

To read the full press release in both English and Spanish, please click the following link: https://bit.ly/2zTy6lb