The College of New Jersey is going ahead with their original May 2020 commencement date, but, they will not hold their traditional ceremony, according to the college website.

Determined to find a way to honor those who have worked so hard to get to their commencement, the school, based in Ewing New Jersey, will hold a virtual commencement on May 21st at noon. Everyone graduating received their cap & gown recently so they can wear it during the remote ceremony.

The staff at The College of New Jersey are working hard to come up with creative and fun ways to virtually mark this milestone, including highlighting the favorite tradition at the school of decorating and showing off the graduates' mortar boards.

The college also has plans in the works to hopefully hold different, department specific ceremonies, on campus, later this year. October 31st and November 1st have been put on hold for such ceremonies.

A statement from the college says, "TCNJ will continue to prepare for this second part of its traditional commencement activities with the understanding that it is subject to change as circumstances change, given the need to follow best practices and to keep our community safe."

I feel so badly for the Class of 2020, 8th grade, high school and college, for being deprived of special moments they've probably been looking forward to for years. I applaud these schools for doing everything they can to make sure there's some sort of acknowledgement of these student's great accomplishments.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. You've endured so much.