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In-Person Graduation Details Announced

Graduation 2020 Stadium Seating

San Angelo ISD is pleased to offer OPTIONAL IN-PERSON GRADUATIONS for the Class of 2020 for Lake View High School (June 26, 8:30 am), PAYS (June 26, 8:00 pm), and Central High School (June 27, 8:30 am) at the San Angelo Stadium. This graduation event will be different in terms of previous years’ graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 safety and health requirements. This graduation is optional as San Angelo ISD has already held a drive-through graduation in which your student received their diploma and was certified. Social distancing will be rigorously maintained at all times.

First and foremost, for graduates and/or family members who are immunocompromised, please do not attend the ceremony in-person. Your health and safety is our utmost concern and attendance is voluntary. If you are concerned for your health, please do not attend.

This is a ticketed event with limited seating due to COVID-19 restrictions as required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Each graduate at Lake View High School will be allowed eight (8) tickets per family, PAYS graduates will be allowed eight (8) tickets per family, and Central High School graduates will be allowed five (5) tickets per family. Tickets are grouped together for a family group for each graduate and will not be separated. Only one group per graduate will be allowed to enter the stadium to ensure proper social distancing and must arrive and sit together in designated seating areas. No groups outside a family can sit in a designated family seating area. Information about securing tickets will be communicated in a separate email directly from your campus.

If you are unable to attend graduation in-person, San Angelo ISD will be providing the following options for viewing the ceremonies both live and delayed.

  • The Lake View High School and Central High School ceremonies will be streamed live on the Concho Valley Homepage. Please visit conchovalleyhomepage.com and click the graduation graphic to access the live stream on the day of the ceremonies.

  • A recording of each of the three commencement ceremonies will be broadcast on SAISDtv, Suddenlink Channel 4 in San Angelo. These recordings will continue to air on Channel 4 at various times for two weeks after the ceremonies.

  • The recording will also be uploaded to the SAISD Youtube channel. A link to each video will be placed on the district homepage at www.saisd.org when they become available.

Below are details about what to expect before, during, and after the graduation ceremony.

Before the ceremony (GRADUATES):

  • Graduates who self-transport to the stadium will park in the east parking lot by Gate 3 and enter through the gate to the field house parking lot. Graduates will be escorted to a holding area by the field house prior to the ceremony.

  • There will not be a rehearsal for this event, so please arrive at least one hour prior to the event, wearing your cap, gown, and regalia.

  • You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry including a temperature check. Students exhibiting symptoms or register a temperature of 100 or greater will not be allowed to participate.

  • Wear comfortable, lightweight clothing under your gown, but attire that is reflective of the dignity of the occasion.

  • No high heels will be allowed on the turf or track. Flat shoes are permissible.

  • A bottle of water will be provided to each graduate.

  • Graduates will be seated on the stadium field six-feet apart.

  • Graduates will not be permitted to carry backpacks or purses onto the field.

  • There will be a processional and recessional of graduates.

  • You are encouraged to wear your school face masks that were provided to you during the May drive-through graduation. A disposable facemask will be provided upon request at the stadium if needed.

Before the ceremony (GUESTS):

  • Gates will open at 7:30 am for Lake View High School and Central High School families and 7:00 pm for PAYS families.

  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask.

  • Park in the designated parking lot and enter the appropriate gate assigned according to your graduate’s last name.

  • Stadium seating is limited due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

  • There will be no access to the field house or press box.

  • Guests will not be allowed to mingle in the parking lots and must arrive together at the stadium before entry will be permitted.

  • You must show your ticket for entry to a member of the San Angelo ISD staff.

  • San Angelo ISD staff will be at the gates to perform a quick health screening prior to entry.

  • You will not be admitted to the stadium if you are ill or had recent exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

  • Water stations will be set up in the stadium for families if needed.

  • There will be no concessions.

  • Restrooms will be available, but the entrance will be controlled by monitors to maintain social distancing.

  • Hand sanitation stations will be located at every gate and restroom.

  • Seating in the stands will maintain six-foot separation. Please sit only in sections/seats designated with blue tape. Seats are grouped together for families who arrive together.

  • Families should not sit with families of other graduates.

  • Seating arrangements will be closely monitored and social distancing requirements strictly enforced at all times.

  • Vacant seats are designated in between family groups to maintain social distancing requirements. Do not sit in unmarked seats.

  • Those who fail to adhere to these social distancing requirements may be required to leave the stadium.

  • Wear comfortable, lightweight clothing, but attire that is reflective of the dignity of the occasion.

  • Wear sturdy and comfortable footwear.

During the ceremony:

  • Diploma covers, honor plaques, and other awards will be presented to graduates.

  • Handshakes or embraces will not be permitted. There must be no skin-to-skin contact.

  • After the graduate receives his/her diploma, a photo will be taken by a third-party photographer. Please contact your campus for access to photos post-graduation.

  • Please feel free to exit the stadium once your graduate has walked across the stage if desired.

Following the ceremony:

  • There will be a controlled egress from the stands. Please listen for directions from San Angelo ISD personnel.
  • Graduates will not be permitted to congregate with their classmates or families on the concourse or in the parking lots.
  • San Angelo Police Department officers will be on hand to provide security and promote social distancing.
  • You are strongly encouraged to walk directly from the stadium to your vehicle and leave the premises.
  • Please exit through the gate you entered and follow the guidelines given by your section usher.

Great effort and planning have been invested in this event. We want this to be a special occasion for all graduates and their families within the limitations that are mandated by the State of Texas for graduation ceremonies being held during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you in advance for complying with these requirements and extend a hearty congratulations for your accomplishment as a 2020 graduate of Lake View High School, PAYS, Central High School and San Angelo ISD.