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EPISD unveils guidelines, plans for commencement ceremonies

Friday afternoon, El Paso Independent School District officials announced that they will have outdoor commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 in June to celebrate the accomplishments of high-school seniors while remaining compliant with local and CDC guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are happy to be able to provide our high-school seniors with a ceremony that celebrates their accomplishments,” Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera said.

“We know these ceremonies will be different from our traditional graduations, but we’re confident that they will provide our graduates with the opportunity to close their high-school career in the company of their classmates.”

The District received approval from the City of El Paso to move forward with its plan to have outdoor graduation ceremonies for all high schools at three different stadiums on June 15-20.

The change in dates reflects state and local allowance to have ceremonies sooner, and to all the majority of students an opportunity to participate before moving on to their next plans.

The ceremonies will impose rules that must be followed by participating students and guests.

The schedule for graduations is:

• June 15 at El Paso High stadium: CCTA at 9 a.m. and El Paso High at 8 p.m.
• June 16 at Franklin High stadium: Transmountain Early College at 9 a.m. and Irvin at 8 p.m.
• June 17 at Franklin High stadium: Franklin at 9 a.m. and Coronado at 8 p.m.
• June 18 at Franklin High stadium: Chapin at 9 a.m. and Andress at 8 p.m.
• June 19 at Bowie High stadium: Burges at 9 a.m. and Austin at 8 p.m.
• June 20 at Bowie High stadium: Jefferson/Silva at 9 a.m. and Bowie at 9 p.m.

The three stadiums were selected because of capacity to allow for social distancing and parking capabilities for guests.

To promote a healthy and safe environment for graduates and attendees, the District has implemented the following rules and regulations that will be followed without exception:

  • Each graduate will be given two guests tickets that must be presented at the door. All ceremonies will be livestreamed.
  • Face masks will be required for anyone in attendance. Graduates will be allowed to remove their facemask as they walk the stage.
  • Social distancing for graduates on the field and guests in the stands will be enforced.
  • Health Services staff will conduct temperature checks of participating graduates and staff members. Anyone with a fever will be denied entrance into the stadium.
  • Guests are allowed to bring a bottle of water, but no coolers are allowed.
  • Stadiums seats will be allowed. Umbrellas are not allowed.
  • Graduates and guests will be released from the ceremony at staggered times to facilitate social distancing and discourage gatherings

El Paso ISD’s Class of 2016 graduates nearly 5,000 students

Commencement exercises for the 12 El Paso Independent School District campuses issuing high-school diplomas will start Friday morning and continue through Monday night at the Don Haskins Center and Jones Stadium at El Paso High.

Nearly 5,000 students in 10 comprehensive high schools, an early college and an alternative school of choice are expected to graduate this spring. All graduations are at the Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, unless otherwise noted.

The District this year is launching an official EPISD Graduations Snapchat geofilter that will allow graduates, friends and family at the Don Haskins and Jones Stadium to personalize their photos and videos on the Snapchat social media platform.

The District also is asking graduates and family members to use the #IamEPISD hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when they share photos, posts and videos.

Graduates attending the graduations should be aware of major road closures around the UTEP area that could impact their commute to the ceremonies. Free parking for the Don Haskins area is located in the lots north of the venue, as well as the lots north of the Sun Bowl stadium.

For more information about graduations, including traffic tips, dos and don’ts, live streaming of ceremonies and social media, log on to and click on the graduations banner.

The schedule of graduations is as follows:

Friday, June 10

9 a.m. Transmountain Early College HS

Noon College, Career & Technology Academy

3 p.m. Burges HS

7 p.m. Franklin HS

Saturday, June 11

10 a.m. Jefferson/Silva Health Magnet HS

3 p.m. Andress HS

7 p.m. El Paso HS at Jones Stadium

Sunday, June 12

3 p.m. Coronado HS

7 p.m. Bowie HS

Monday, June 13

10 a.m. Chapin HS

3 p.m. Austin HS

7 p.m. Irvin HS

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