Graduation

Johnson County school districts, while following state guidelines from the Texas Education Agency, have announced their plans for in-person graduation ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2020. Plans range from ceremonies at high school football stadiums to Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers.

Graduation will look a little different this year for all Johnson County graduates. Each district recently announced their plans for honoring the Class of 2020, which range from ceremonies at Globe Life Field to their own football stadiums.

The graduation ceremony honoring the Cleburne High School Class of 2020 will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 31 at Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers.

“Following discussion with our board of trustees and high school administrators, the decision was made to provide the most engaging and memorable ceremony possible for our seniors in having graduation at Globe Life Field,” Superintendent Kyle Heath said. “We are very excited to have this opportunity available to our Class of 2020.”

The graduates will travel by school bus to Arlington, using social distancing guidelines. The 402 class members will be seated six feet apart in the stadium’s lower level, along with teachers accompanying them. The diploma presentation will take place on the field.

Family members and guests will view the ceremony from the main concourse, which will accommodate 3,000 using the social distancing designated seating in place. The upper level concourse will seat an additional 2,000 with social distancing. The Texas Rangers have waived stadium parking fees for those attending. The event will be livestreamed over the CISD website.

Seniors will provide high school administrators with ticket requests, with guests to receive an assigned numbered seat, following COVID-19 guidelines put in place by Texas Rangers management. This will be included in the detailed information going out to seniors and parents/guardians.

 

Alvarado High School

Charles Head Stadium will be where Alvarado High School graduates walk the stage at 8 p.m. June 5.

Graduates can pick up their caps and gowns from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Josten’s will be present for payment and questions only on Monday morning.

Graduates with a speaking role will be contacted to have their part recorded during the week before graduation. Graduates must be dropped off or park in the visitor parking lot at 7 p.m. the day of graduation.

Each graduate will be assigned a section of the home stands for family and friends. With a combination of the state and seating capacity of the stadium, graduates will receive six wristbands that will act as admission tickets and indicated the sitting area for the ceremony. Everyone attending the ceremony will need to wear the wristbands to gain entrance to the stadium.

The ceremony will be recorded and graduates will have the ability to download for their personal use within a week of the ceremony free of charge.

Graduates will receive a special mask to wear during the ceremony on the day of graduation as they check in at the visitor gate. All guests are asked to bring and wear a mask. Those who are high-risk or feeling ill are asked to stay at home.

 

Burleson ISD

Burleson ISD will host commencement ceremonies at Globe Life Field in Arlington on June 6.

“Students, you’ve heard many times that your senior year has been a historic event,” BISD Superintendent Bret Jimerson said. “I’m pleased to announce you will make a different sort of history when you finally get to walk the stage at the brand new Globe Life Field.

“While we look forward to celebrating our Class of 2020, our priority is the health of our students, families, trustees and staff. We will strictly adhere to safety protocols and enforce social-distancing guidelines.” 

Ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. for Crossroads High School, 11 a.m. for Burleson Collegiate High School, 2:30 p.m. for Centennial High School and 7:30 p.m. for Burleson High School

Following health and safety requirements set by Globe Life Field and in accordance with the Texas Education Agency graduation guidelines, no more than five attendees will be allowed in a group; however, each BISD graduate will receive two groups of five tickets for a total of 10 tickets per graduate. 

Virtual Graduation Ceremonies will be available on the district Facebook page and YouTube channel on these dates:   

• Burleson Collegiate High School — 7 p.m. May 26 

• Burleson High School — 7 p.m. May 27

• Centennial High School — 7 p.m. May 28

• Crossroads High School — 6:30 p.m. May 29 

Principals will share more information specific to each graduation ceremony with graduates and families. BISD will continue to share updates on the BISD website, BISD Facebook page, and BISD Twitter account.  

 

Godley High School

Godley High School graduates will walk the stage at 8 p.m. June 5 at Wildcat Stadium.

“We are disappointed to announce that we have been forced to reschedule our graduation ceremony,” Principal Kurtis Flood said. “We received guidance from Commissioner Mike Morath and the Texas Education Agency on May 5 that imposes certain restrictions on in-person graduations. We wish this information had been available sooner to help you plan your celebration for your child, but we will continue to comply with the mandated regulations.”

Each graduate will be allowed five audience members. They will receive the tickets one week before graduation. The graduates can distribute the tickets to whomever they wish.

Following TEA  guidelines, each member of the audience will need to complete a questionnaire regarding symptoms of COVID-19. The questionnaire will be passed out with the tickets. Additionally, it will be available at the ceremony and electronically to print from home the week before. Every graduate and ticket holder will be required to complete the questionnaire before being admitted into the facility.

“I know that after the ceremony is usually a time to celebrate, take pictures and give final hugs and well wishes,” Flood said. “Due to the guidance from TEA, everyone must leave the facility promptly after the ceremony. We encourage you to share this time at home with your families and those who have supported you throughout your journey and will continue to support you in the future.

“In the coming weeks, we will have further guidance on how to enter the stadium, where to sit and when you can arrive. If you or your graduate feel uncomfortable attending, you are not required to participate in the ceremony. Again, thank you for your patience and grace. We hope you stay safe and well.”

 

Grandview High School

Grandview High School’s graduation begins at 10 a.m. June 13 at Zebra Stadium.

One parent/guardian will sit on the field with their graduate and will have the privilege of presenting the diploma to their child.

The district is required to cap the number of participants to a level that can be managed in the outdoor venue to maximize social distancing, both during the event and during entry and exit. With this in mind, each graduate will receive five tickets to distribute at their discretion, four in the bleachers and one on the field.

Marked stadium seating for maintaining physical distancing of a minimum of six feet apart will be assigned before the ceremony. To maximize physical distancing, the stage will be facing the east end zone and both home and visitor bleachers will be used.

Per TEA guidelines, before attending the ceremony, participating students and attending family members must be screened (via questioning) by Grandview ISD employees for any signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19. Those found with any signs or symptoms must be excluded from the activity.

GVISD will livestream the ceremony for those unable to attend.

More details will be announced once complete and it meets all TEA and local health requirements. Be on the lookout for future information.

Senior scholarships will be presented via video on the GVISD homepage on May 29.

 

Joshua ISD

Joshua High School’s commencement begins at 8 p.m. June 6 at Owl Stadium, while New Horizon High School’s ceremony begins at 8 p.m. June 1, also at Owl Stadium.

“Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we have been working to create a plan for graduation and other senior events with the circumstances we are all facing,” Joshua ISD Superintendent Fran Marek said. “After reviewing the feedback we have gathered from you and following the state requirements, we are now able to announce our graduation plans for the Joshua High School Class of 2020 and the New Horizon Class of 2020.”

Gates for both ceremonies will open at 6:30 p.m. Families will be assigned pods, parking lots, along with entrances and exits. Campuses will assign these and information will be sent out to students prior to the ceremonies.

The visitor bleachers will be open to the public along with the home side in an effort to maximize space for social distancing.

Students will be provided with five reserved tickets for graduation.  

Families must sit in the section reserved for them. Campuses will be notifying students on how reserved sections will be assigned. Each section will consist of five seats and allow for social distancing between sections. If your family members attending require ADA accessibility, notify the campus administration. 

Graduates will be seated six feet apart from each other on the field. 

Both ceremonies will be live-streamed. Details will be announced as the dates approach.

As with all districts, before arrival, the health screening questionnaire must be completed by participating students and families.

This checklist will be available electronically five days before each ceremony in both English and Spanish. In an effort to expedite the entry process, complete this checklist before arrival.

Keep six feet or more of spacing between all participants, except that members of the same household (five individuals or fewer) may be allowed to sit together in the audience but must be at least six feet away from any other family group at all times.

Cloth face coverings (over nose and mouth) must be worn while at the stadium. Joshua ISD will provide face coverings with the Star Owl logo for all graduates to wear. 

There will be no congregating allowed under the stadium, in the stadium or in parking lots before, during and after the ceremony.  Therefore, pictures must be taken off-campus.

There will be one women’s and one men’s restroom open on each side of the stadium. Only one person at a time will be allowed into the restroom. The restroom will be disinfected after each use.  District employees will monitor use for everyone’s safety.  JISD officials strongly encourage guests to use the restroom before arriving.

Seniors will arrive to the graduation ceremony in their caps and gowns at the time and location provided by their school. The senior photo will be taken before graduation.

 

Keene High School

Keene High School plans to graduate at 8:30 p.m. June 25 at KHS field.

In case of cancelation, a second tentative date is 8:30 p.m. July 25.

 

Rio Vista High School

Rio Vista High school will hold the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. June 6 at Eagle Stadium. 

Continue checking the RVISD website, rvisd.net, for updates. 

 

Venus High School

Graduation for Venus Bulldogs will be at 10 a.m. June 13 at Bulldog Stadium.

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