Hundreds of Allen High School students walked the stage for their high school diplomas with thousands in attendance.
They graduated outdoors at Eagle Stadium in Friday’s blistering heat. That's why the district took precautions to make sure everyone was as comfortable as they could be for the ceremony.
You could take the temperature at Eagle Stadium by the speed the bottles were moving at the drink station.
The stadium was filled with more than 16,000 water bottles for an audience of around 10,000.
“It'll be enjoyable whether we're sweating or not,” said Alisa Schobert.
The sweating crowd was outside because Eagle Stadium can seat everyone. The good news is the behemoth of a stadium casts a long shadow that covered those in attendance. It made sweating it out a bit easier for those who would rather be inside.
“I kind of wanted to stay home,” said Maheen Shah. “But that wouldn't have made her too happy.”
Students did catch a bit of a break. The school district relaxed the clothing policy to allow more comfortable clothes underneath. So when it came time to take the field as a high school student one last time, they could focus less on oppressive heat and more on the accomplishment of the moment.
Parents lined up with little to no shade before the doors even opened just to get the best seat for the big day.