Campus & Community

New Jersey to Allow Outdoor Graduations, Starting July 6

By Amaya Morales
Managing Editor

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter on Tuesday, May 26, that schools “will have the opportunity to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies,” effective July 6. 

Schools must comply with social distancing standards that ensure the health and safety of those attending the graduations, the tweet stated.

Many students and parents alike in the FDU community have shared their thoughts about the university’s virtual commencement ceremony that was streamed online May 18, 2020. 

In the introduction to the virtual commencement, FDU President Christopher Capuano said that the university hopes to schedule an in-person graduation later in 2020 or to invite this year’s graduates to attend the 2021 commencement.

With Gov. Murphy allowing outdoor ceremonies as the state slowly reopening, there is a possibility that recent graduates will have their chance to cross the stage for their big moment. The Equinox will follow up with the university. 

Nonetheless, there will likely be key factors to consider such as distancing between all students and audience members, where the ceremony will be held, and how many guests (if any) students are limited to bringing to the ceremony — and, if it will be practical for graduates to return from across the state, country and globe. The availability of a location will be key for any ceremony.

Gov's tweet announcing outdoor graduations

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