CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: Members of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Class of 2020 arrived at their school Wednesday evening for a socially distanced graduation, the first of three planned nights with seniors scheduled alphabetically.

Graduates said the event was better than expected, considering the restrictions that are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of them thought it would end up being an impersonal “virtual” event only.

They arrived in vehicles with parents or other family members and were ushered onto the school’s sports field, where one by one the graduates, who had already received their diplomas, stepped onto a platform. “Pomp and Circumstance” played over loudspeakers as Principal Chris Laganas called out the names of graduates.

They stepped off the platform, walked trough a white pergola, past rows of flowers and onto a path where they met back up with their family members and photos were taken.

“I love that they did this for us,” said Killian Barry of Bradford, who was with her parents Jim Barry and Kerrie LePage, and Killian’s stepfather, City Councilor Colin LePage. “This is much better than a virtual graduation. 5/27/2020