Dallas, Fort Worth ISDs to hold virtual graduation ceremonies due to coronavirus

Students who attend Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD schools will graduate virtually this year.

The two largest districts in North Texas said all of their high schools will hold online ceremonies in either May or June. Specific dates for campuses will be released in the coming days, officials said.

“It is profoundly disappointing that our seniors will not have the opportunity to celebrate their hard-earned success in person with their peers, their parents, and their teachers, but it is the right thing to do for everyone concerned,” said FWISD Superintendent Kent Scribner.

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Dallas ISD said in addition to the virtual ceremonies, all of its 8,900 graduates will be sent customized banners to display at their homes showing they are 2020 graduates. More information about those banner, as well as caps and gowns, should be available next week.

The district said it will ask people in Dallas to come outside and applaud their grads in a “districtwide ovation” at 7 p.m. on May 21.

Fort Worth ISD students will be able to share a personalized message and picture of themselves in their cap and gown for the virtual ceremony. Family and friends will be able to participate through a specialized online platform.

Mesquite ISD is also reportedly holding a virtual graduation. Arlington ISD said it is still considering options. 

Meanwhile, Allen ISD in Collin County plans to hold an in-person graduation. All 1,600 seniors will be invited to walk the stage on May 22 at the district’s 18,000-seat stadium. Each will get five guest tickets.

Allen ISD plans to use four stages and staggered arrival times to keep everyone separated as much as possible.

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