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GPISD sets virtual graduation, outdoor ceremony on June 2

Solomon Cole's Class of 2020 will graduate today
Posted at 10:11 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 12:02:52-04

GREGORY, Texas — The Gregory-Portland Independent School District has announced high school graduation plans for next month.

The plan will include an outdoor ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday June 2 at Ray Akins Wildcat Stadium. as well as a virtual production.

Here are some of the details from the district on both plans:

  • Outdoor Ceremony @ Ray Akins Wildcat Stadium – Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. – Families who plan to attend this outdoor event MUST RSVP in advance to enter the ceremony. There will be only reserved seating, with a limit of no more than three individual guests per household in addition to the graduate. (The guest limit was determined based on TEA requirements for seating, which includes six feet of distance between groups of household guests.) In the event that a significant number of graduates/families opt to be involved in only the virtual ceremony, it is possible that an additional guest may be granted per household at a later time. If that occurs, families will be notified on or before Wednesday, June 10th. If you are the primary guardian of a graduating senior, click to RSVP if you plan to attend or not attend by Tuesday May 26 at track.spe.schoolmessenger.com.
  • Virtual Ceremony Production beginning this Week – A professional video company will be recording presentations and scheduling to film as needed to develop a ceremony packaged as a video production. An official release date for the virtual ceremony will be provided on or before Wednesday, June 10th, so that families who would not plan to attend the outdoor ceremony can gather in their home(s) or celebrate virtually as desired on or after the date this ceremony is provided to all graduates. Certainly, families who attended the outdoor ceremony can also plan to do the same. The virtual ceremony will be posted and available to the public.
  • Health Screenings Required for Entry – For both types of ceremonies: All participants (including graduates and their guests, presenters, staff, etc.) must complete a health screening upon arrival covering a variety of symptoms including temperature/fever and declaration of whether an individual has “known close contact (in the past 14 days) with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.” Per TEA requirements, any individual who does not pass the screening may not enter/participate.