500+ North Bergen High School Seniors Graduate in Multi-Part Ceremony (97 Photos)

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500+ NBHS Seniors Graduate in Multi-Part Ceremony

The 2020 school year is unique in many respects – not least of all having the High School graduation take place in four socially-distanced installments inside Bruin Stadium. The ceremonies took place at 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, July 8, and on Thursday, July 9.

NBHS Principal Richard Locricchio offered the opening remarks and presented the graduating class to the Board of Education. With the students and their families seated in appropriate social distance from their neighbors, Mayor Nicholas Sacco spoke to the crowd about the difficult year they just experienced and the promise of the years ahead.

Schools Superintendent Dr. George Solter shared his congratulations and best wishes with the students and introduced this year’s Valedictorian, Michelle Cazorla, who spoke via a prerecorded video segment. Also addressing his fellow graduates via prerecorded video was Salutatorian Ludwin Chavez, who was introduced by Director of Curriculum and Instruction Allen Pascual.

The ceremonies were orderly and efficient, with social distance maintained and everyone wearing masks. In total, well over 500 students are graduating this year, with dozens of them in the National Honor Society.

The graduates each received a diploma and many posed for photos before exiting the field. After each ceremony, township employees thoroughly disinfected and cleaned the entire area in preparation for the next event.

The first day’s graduates included homerooms 040, 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 312, and STEM. Thursday’s graduates consisted of homerooms 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, and 322.