Allen High graduation is on with a twist!
Allen High School has announced its plan for conducting graduation for the Class of 2020.
Under the plan, individual seniors and up to five family members will take part in a graduation ceremony on a stage at Eagle Stadium on May 22. Students will arrive at scheduled times and have a short video and photograph taken on the stage. They will then exit to the concourse where they will receive their official diploma and other recognitions. The entire process is expected to take approximately 15-20 minutes from the time they arrive in the parking lot until they leave.
The individual ceremonies will be held simultaneously on four stages on the field at Eagle Stadium. Video clips will be compiled into a searchable Class of 2020 graduation video and graduation portraits will be available as in previous years. Only the graduates and their five family members will be allowed into the stadium at their scheduled time. The stands will not be open to the public.
Approximately 1,650 seniors will graduate with the Allen High School Class of 2020. The ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. and last until all scheduled students cross one of the four stages.
“Everyone recognizes the far-reaching impact school closure has had on learning and the social emotional needs of both students and adults,” explained Allen High School principal Dr. Jason Johnston. “Perhaps one of the most impacted cohort of students are our graduating seniors. These students and their families have unfortunately been forced to miss many of the traditional milestone moments that play a key role in bringing an appropriate closure to a thirteen year journey.”
Johnston stressed the importance of balancing the safety of students and families with providing a meaningful graduation experience. Student leaders had expressed an interest in graduating from the stadium.
“I think we have a good plan to honor our students under these unique circumstances,” added Johnston, “and still comply with the state guidelines. Our plan will maintain a distance of at least 25’ feet between the families, which would exceed state distancing guidelines.”
In lieu of graduation practice, seniors will be receiving detailed information in the coming weeks about scheduling and parking information along with a short video.