CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: The socially distant pomp and circumstance has begun for Haverhill High’s Class of 2020.

This year’s first round of 404 seniors showed up in their caps and gowns — and masks — Wednesday, May 27 to take part in a graduation ceremony unlike any other.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Principal Glenn Burns, Class President Sarah Ghias and others were forced to think outside the box to make the sendoff for the quarantined class extra special.

“Haverhill High did everything in their power to give us the senior year we deserve,” Valedictorian Emily Prendergast said. “Many seniors expected alternative versions of a traditional graduation and prom, but Haverhill High delivered so much more.”

Wednesday marked the first full day that graduates and their families drove onto the Haverhill High campus one at a time to take photos in front of the school’s iconic Thinker statue and accept their diploma from Mayor James Fiorentini.