Komarek School’s eighth-grade graduation, one of the few in-person ceremonies this spring, went off without a hitch on the morning of May 30 at Veterans Park in North Riverside. A car caravan from Komarek School to Village Commons started off the graduation ceremony.

Then while students and families sat in their cars in the parking lot they listened to speeches from the mayors of Broadview and North Riverside, outgoing Superintendent Brian Ganan, incoming Superintendent Todd Fitzgerald and two graduating eighth graders, Rachel Watson, the president of the Komarek Student Council and National Junior Honor Society and Rico Garcia, the vice-president of the National Junior Honor Society. 

Then the 67 Komarek graduates walked across a stage, picked up their diploma covers and posed for photos before returning to their cars. The graduation, ceremony, which was similar to other Komarek graduations in form, lasted for about 100 minutes.

It was perfect,” Gold said. “Everything that had to come together came together.”