Below is general information and year-end events for the Voorhees High School Class of 2020. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Marc McGeehan, Director of Student Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is all subject to change based on any changes by the Governor on restrictions for graduation ceremonies.
Graduation Lawn Signs
If a senior family pre-ordered a graduation lawn sign, the PTSO has developed a contactless, curbside pickup schedule on May 20 and 21. Please click here for important details.
The personalized lawn signs with graduate photos currently on display on Voorhees campus will be delivered to seniors the week of June 1st with caps and gowns.
Due to the closure of the factories that make the yearbooks, our yearbooks will most likely be available for pick-up in early August. Once we have more information about a specific date, we will share that with you.
Return of Chromebooks, Textbooks, Calculators and Locker Clean-Out:
Return of Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, calculators, etc will take place for Seniors on June 8th. Locker clean-out will also take place during that time. As we have to severely limit number of people in the building, please come at your allotted time slot on this schedule.
Collegiate Athletic Commitments:
Mr. Baumann is requesting senior athletes send photos and information to him if they plan on playing sports at the collegiate level. He will be tweeting out each athlete over the last two weeks in May to recognize their college commitment. Visit the athletics website for more information – http://www.nhvweb.net/vhs/athletics/collegiate-athletic-commitments/
Caps and Gowns:
Caps, gowns, tassels and honor cords will be personally delivered to seniors the week of June 1st by administrators and teachers. Seniors will keep caps and gowns this year.
Diploma covers will be delivered with caps and gowns the week of June 1st. Diplomas will be given to graduates during the on-site ceremony on or after July 6th.
We have been monitoring the Governor’s updates and executive orders, guidance from NJ Dept of Education and CDC regarding restrictions for graduation ceremonies. The Class of 2020 will be honored as follows:
- On June 12th, to mark what was the official day of graduation and so that we can honor every graduate in the Class of 2020 all together as one, we will air a virtual ceremony online at noon. The virtual ceremony will mirror the traditional ceremony with speeches from the administration, top students in the class, and the reading of each graduate’s name with his/her photo displayed.
For the virtual graduation ceremony, click here to view the Class of 2020 graduation. The ceremony will air at 12:00pm. The video will play through once at 12pm (you can rewind the video to go back to beginning, but you can’t jump forward during first run through) then video can be watched anytime after it airs the first time. The ceremony is about an hour in length.
- We will plan an on-site ceremony on or after July 6th. If the entire Class of 2020 cannot be accommodated in one ceremony per social gathering restrictions, we will plan multiple ceremonies at the high school. Dates, times, size limits and format of the ceremony to be determined. Diplomas will be given at the on-site ceremony.
Car Parade for Class of 2020 – June 12
All seniors are invited to join their classmates in a car parade on Friday, June 12. Seniors should decorate their cars, wear their cap and gown, and have a designated driver. Line-up will begin at 9:15 entering Memorial Park from Bunnvale Road across from the Woodglen School. The parade will begin at 9:45 and end at Voorhees to wave goodbye to faculty and staff. Please see the attached flyer and map for route below.
Parents and spectators are encouraged to salute our seniors! You are welcome to line the parade route, but remember to practice social distancing. Note that the VHS lot will be reserved for faculty and staff. Please also consider avoiding the area around the Woodglen School, since between emergency personnel trucks and student cars, we anticipate that area will be quite congested. As a reminder for those who live in the northern end of the Voorhees district, Route 513 is still closed by Hickory Run so please plan accordingly so your senior is not late getting to Memorial Park to line up.
Any questions, suggestions, or concerns should be directed to Carolyn Murin by text at 973-479-5725.
VHSTV will be live streaming the parade once it comes onto the Voorhees High School campus. They estimate the livestream will begin around 10:15 AM, but the exact start time may be adjusted to match the pace and arrival of seniors. Please visit and share the following link to watch the live stream of the parade on campus – https://youtu.be/Ap2dwgQ_nP0
Change and Addition to Car Parade
In an attempt to add to the excitement of Friday morning’s festivities, we have contacted a professional photographer from Village Studios in High Bridge to be present during the final stage of the car parade (on campus) this Friday morning. This will allow the graduate to exit the vehicle and have a photograph taken in a staged area in front of the building (next to the fountain just after the red bollards). We will also announce each graduate’s name as they walk up for the photograph. Following the photograph, we will give each graduate the envelope containing their diploma. Once they make it back to their vehicle, they would then leave the property. Village Studios will then create an online store to access/purchase photographs taken. An email will be sent to parents/guardians regarding this once the site is ready.
Creating this opportunity does call for a change to the parade path. As cars are traveling up route 513 North (once the parades goes through High Bridge), they will be directed to make a right turn onto Voorhees Rd (the last road prior to the VHS Parking Lot), a right turn onto Fox Hollow Rd., a left turn back onto Voorhees Rd and then finally a right turn back onto route 513 before entering the VHS lot. Once on campus, we will serpentine cars through the parking lot prior to pulling up in front of the building. These changes are to take the stress off of route 513 as the procession of cars will not be as continuous (as previously planned). Police officers will be available on route 513 to direct traffic while we’ll use a combination of cones and staff to direct traffic on campus.
– Should you choose to decorate your car, please be sure that ALL DECORATIONS must be capable of staying ON THE VEHICLE FOR THE DURATION OF THE PARADE to avoid a hazardous situation.
– Please arrive at Memorial Park as close to 9:15 as possible so the parade can depart at 9:45.
– Prior to leaving the park, law enforcement will lightly inspect the cars for safety reasons. Again please arrive at 9:15 SHARP.
– Please have all graduates sit on the passenger side of the vehicle – I know that we have a few sets of twins and a set of triplets as well however.
– Parents – PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE while your graduate(s) exits the vehicle so that we can keep things moving quickly.
– Once the graduate(s) leave the vehicle, the driver will be asked to pull up in front of the auditorium entrance so we can prep for the next student to walk up for their photograph. We will direct the graduates to meet you at your vehicle after their photograph.
The goal with all of this is to simply add to the unique experience. I know that this will slow down the parade so we will try to keep things moving as quickly as possible. Your compliance with the suggestions above will certainly help. A reminder that there will be a live stream of the parade (mostly the walk up for the picture) available on YouTube – link is on our website. Also, the virtual graduation is not live and therefore can be viewed on Youtube as of 12:00pm Friday (and any time after). We will send out that link on Friday.
Following Friday’s festivities, we will continue to explore options for July 6 given the new executive orders. Information about those options will be forthcoming.
Professional Photos from Car Parade:
Village Studio was at the end of the parade on campus taking photos of each graduate with his/her diploma. Photos are now available for purchase on the studio’s website. Please click here to learn more.
Memories 2020 Video – Free this year
VHSTV has been producing and selling the Memories videos which focuses on and celebrates the graduating seniors of Voorhees, for twenty years. This year the Memories 2020 video collection is free and accessible to everyone. Typically, the Memories video is much more comprehensive including senior interviews, prom highlights and more. Unfortunately, this year’s collection will only feature the Virtual Ceremony, the Car Parade and the Spirit Fest Skits featuring the graduating seniors in their freshman through senior years (2016-19). You can access, view, and even download any of the videos in the collection by following this link.