School buses visit the homes of 700 students for mini graduation ceremonies

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Bridgewater-Raritan High School organized a traveling graduation ceremony for senior students. (Photo: Courtesy of Bridgewater-Raritan High School)
Bridgewater-Raritan High School organized a traveling graduation ceremony for senior students. (Photo: Courtesy of Bridgewater-Raritan High School)

Seven hundred senior students received their high school diplomas from traveling buses that stopped at each of their homes so teachers could award diplomas.

Staff at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey recruited eight buses for the mobile graduation, a safer way to celebrate in the coronavirus pandemic. Over a four-day period this week, each vehicle made an estimated 26 stops per day, spending a few minutes with each student at his or her home, minding social distance.

The hope, says assistant principal Michael Godown, was to make personal connections with students who hadn’t been in school since the middle of March, when classes went online. “It was wonderful and the feedback we got, was that it was better than a traditional graduation ceremony,” he tells Yahoo Life.

Beforehand, buses drove around Bridgewater

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