With the Governor’s most recent Executive Order No. GA-21 issued on May 5, 2020, and the Texas Commissioner of Education’s Graduation Task Force recommendations calling for no outdoor graduation ceremonies prior to May 29th, the Celina High School Graduation ceremony will now be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Bobcat Field starting at 9:00am.
Celina ISD previously received permission from legal and local authorities to hold a hybrid ceremony on Friday, May 22nd; however, this plan would have greatly altered the time-honored traditions that our graduates and their families hold dear. A hybrid ceremony would have required the ceremonial portions, including all speeches, to be streamed on the evening of May 21st, separate and apart from the diploma distribution on the morning of May 22, 2020. Additionally, holding our graduation ceremony on May 29th allows our district to honor the clear recommendations of the Governor’s Executive Orders, which are intended to maintain the safety and security of our students and families.
Please understand that while we do not anticipate any further changes, directives from the state remain fluid, often changing week-to-week. Districts are required to monitor the health of our communities and the state up to seven days prior to our graduation ceremony, and certainly weather conditions are always a factor for outdoor graduations. Celina ISD is prepared with contingency plans, including a hybrid ceremony if necessary, on May 29th, should conditions at that time preclude us from holding a full graduation ceremony.
In order to fulfill the requirements set by the Governor and the Texas Education Agency, Celina High School will begin sharing information next week with our graduates and their families in regards to the expectations required for those in attendance. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as plans change in accordance with state orders. In the end, it is our sincere hope to provide an experience that will closely reflect the long-standing traditions and expectations of our graduates, their families, and our community.
By Dave Wilson, Principal of Celina High School