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BY JAIMIE JULIA WINTERS
winters@montclairlocal.news

Montclair High School seniors will graduate in-person on Monday, July 27, officials announced Friday, after the previously scheduled July 9 ceremonies were postponed due to possible exposure to COVID-19 at several graduation celebration parties held in Montclair.

The ceremony will take place on Woodman Field at three different celebration times. Each celebration will be limited to 150 Class of 2020 graduates, as well as two guests per graduate in designated seating in the bleachers, and 50 school and emergency personnel at each specified celebration time. 

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Photography will only be allowed during the ceremony. No gifts or flowers will be allowed and students will be directed not to touch anything except for their diplomas, which will be bestowed contact-free. All attendees will have to wear masks.

The school district held a virtual graduation ceremony for the graduating MHS seniors on June 24. The in-person ceremonies, originally scheduled for July 9, were postponed on Tuesday, July 7, when Superintendent Jonathan Ponds wrote a letter to parents in which he said the district had been notified of the possible exposure to the virus at several parties held in Montclair over the last week.

“This past week yielded information that engaged the district into making a decision to postpone the 2020 Graduation Celebration scheduled for July 9 with the health and safety of our alumni and their families. Therefore, July 27, 2020, Graduates of the Class of 2020 will be invited to participate in a celebration of their accomplishments as alumni of MHS class of 2020,” principal Anthony Grosso wrote to parents today, July 10. 

Montclair’s Health Department has reported 16 new COVID-19 cases since July 1, bringing the township’s total to 459 as of Thursday.