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Fort Worth ISD Shares Information About 2020 Virtual Graduations

The Fort Worth ISD is preparing to celebrate the Class of 2020 with virtual graduations on Saturday, June 20.  The following week students may also choose to participate in outdoor ‘in-person’ celebrations, following recently-issued TEA guidelines for such ceremonies. 

“After speaking last week with student leaders, we decided to add the option of an additional celebration,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “This second event will follow newly-released TEA directives and social distancing protocols for these outdoor celebrations.” 

Almost 5,000 seniors are expected to participate in the online ceremonies; the outdoor events are voluntary and will have limited audience members. 

The outdoor celebrations will also be contingent on public health conditions and will take place at either Farrington Field or Clark Stadium, the District’s two largest outdoor athletic venues from June 23-26.  The District will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. 

“When I met with the student leaders via Zoom last week, I was impressed with their maturity and their understanding of the complex situation we all now face,” Dr. Scribner said. “Their commitment to doing the right thing for everyone was impressive. We were determined to find a way to do something safely and Commissioner Morath’s new guidelines allow us to do so.”

The District announced in late April that large gathering requirements established as a result of the COVID-19 virus would make it necessary to have a virtual event. After meeting with 25 senior class presidents in an online conference call, Dr. Scribner agreed to add the option of in-person celebrations at the District’s two largest football stadiums.

“We have always wanted to find a way to allow the Class of 2020 to celebrate their hard work and achievements,” Dr Scribner added.  “The virtual graduation will be the official  ceremony; the commencement celebration, if conditions allow, will be a voluntary gathering that will give students an opportunity to see each other in person, and share their joy.”

 So, what is a virtual graduation? 

It is an online streaming event that highlights each individual graduate. Technology will allow students to share photos of themselves in cap and gown – as well a personalized video message as they “move the tassel” to indicate their status as newly-minted graduates. 

A link to a special online platform will enable an unlimited number of family and friends to participate from any location.  This process provides each new graduate their individual #MoveTheTassel moment with a personalized video file to share with loved ones on social media. 

“We believe the decision to have virtual graduation ceremonies is in the best interest of everyone involved,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “Then, if conditions allow, the in-person event will give our seniors the option of a second celebration where they can see each other and capture another memory." 

Graduating seniors will receive individual notices from their schools telling them when they can pick up their caps and gowns and other commencement regalia and providing other instructions to participate in the online ceremony.

 

DOWNLOAD VIRTUAL GRADUATION AND SENIOR CELEBRATION INSTRUCTIONS

 

Schedule for Virtual Graduations on June 20, 2020:

School Name & Time                                                                                                                     

11:00 a.m.

Arlington Heights High School

Dunbar High School                                

North Side High School                           

Southwest High School                            

Trimble Technical High School

World Languages Institute                      

 

1:00 p.m.

Marine Creek Collegiate High School

Paschal High School 

Polytechnic High School

TCC/South Collegiate High School

Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences  

 

3:00 p.m.

Benbrook High School

Carter-Riverside High School

Diamond Hill Jarvis High School

South Hills High School                                   

Success High School                                

 

5:00 p.m.                                                

Boulevard Heights (Combined with Jo Kelly)

Eastern Hills High School                       

Jo Kelly School (Combined with Boulevard Heights)

O.D. Wyatt High School                                    

Transition Center                                                                                                       

Western Hills High School                          

Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Young Women’s Leadership Academy     

                                                                          

Schedule and locations for Voluntary In-Person Celebrations

FRIDAY June 19, 2020

Boulevard Heights                                                     Boulevard Heights Outdoor Facility at 7:00 p.m.

Kelly School                                                                 Boulevard Heights Outdoor Facility at 7:00 p.m.                                                          

Transition Center                                                       Boulevard Heights Outdoor Facility at 7:00 p.m.               

 

MONDAY June 22, 2020

Arlington Heights High School               
Farrington Field at 7:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY, June 23, 2020

Carter Riverside High School                  
Farrington Field at 9:00 am.

Success High School                                
Clark Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

Diamond Hill High School                      
Clark Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy    
Farrington Field at 7:00 p.m.

Young Men’s Leadership Academy         
Farrington Field at 7:00 p.m.

World Language Institute                        
Farrington Field at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                  

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2020 

Benbrook Middle High School                
Farrington Field at 9:00 a.m.

Marine Creek Collegiate High School      
Clark Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

TCC South Collegiate High School          
Clark Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

Texas Academy Biomedical Sciences      
Clark Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

Paschal High School                                 
Clark Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

Trimble Technical High School               
Farrington Field at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                  

THURSDAY, June 25, 2020

Polytechnic High School                          
Farrington Field at 9:00 a.m.

Southwest High School                            
Clark Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

South Hills High School                          
Clark Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

Western Hills High School                       
Farrington Field at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                  

FRIDAY June 26, 2020

Dunbar High School                                
Farrington Field at 9:00 a.m.

O.D. Wyatt High School                           
Clark Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

Eastern Hills High School                       
Clark Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

North Side High School                           
Farrington Field at 7:00 p.m.