It took two nights, but 780 Pennsbury graduates successfully celebrated their in-person commencement ceremonies this week.
Part one began Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at Falcon Field with several speakers. School Board President T.R. Kannan started off the speeches.
He began by reminding students to keep their face coverings on, maintain social distancing, and vacate the stadium completely after the ceremony.
Looking to the rows of students sitting in metal chairs six feet apart, the overhanging cloud of the pandemic was clear. Men wore black cap and gowns while women wore white, but everyone wore a mask.
Several other speakers took the podium. Superintendent Dr. William Gretzula, Student Council President Jason Turner, and fellow students Noah Erdogan and Diya Cherian had their turns.
After about 40 minutes of speeches, the roll call began. Students with last names A through K then walked up to grab their diplomas from a table instead of taking them from faculty with a handshake.
Part two started earlier at 5 p.m. due to anticipated storms. The evening went in reverse order, starting with the remaining students L through Z walking up to get their diplomas.
Turner and the other student speakers gave their same speeches, but this time to a different crowd.