After planning the logistics for the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony on June 5 at Cardinal Stadium, it was determined that safety guidelines can be followed if each graduate has up to FIVE (5) total family members from their household in attendance. Those who completed the RSVP for graduation should have received an email from Principal Kenneth Wooten with instructions for adding a fifth family member.
On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released new guidelines for school districts regarding graduation ceremonies in conjunction with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-21. These guidelines will make it possible for Melissa ISD to have a modified in-person graduation ceremony for the Melissa High School Senior Class of 2020, located outdoors at Cardinal Stadium, on Friday, June 5, 2020 beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Graduates and up to four (4) family members are able to attend by RSVP. The June 5 graduation ceremony will be live streamed for those unable to attend.
With this, there will no longer be a virtual tassel turn and cap throw on May 22 or a virtual commencement ceremony on May 30. Tassels will be turned and caps will be thrown during the June 5 graduation ceremony. A photographer will also be on site to take pictures of each senior as they receive their diploma.
“We continued to have hope that we would be able to conduct a face-to-face graduation ceremony for our Senior Class of 2020 and their families, and we are excited to announce that we are able to do so on June 5 at our very own Cardinal Stadium,” shared Kenneth Wooten, principal at Melissa High School. “We are grateful to our local and state officials for offering guidelines that prioritize the safety of our community and allow us to celebrate with our seniors in person. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.”
We have outlined guidelines below regarding the June 5 graduation ceremony, in accordance with requirements from TEA, as well as the required next steps for families to take to confirm their attendance.
Participation by students and family members in the June 5 graduation ceremony is voluntary. Staff attendance will be limited to the minimum number needed to logistically support the ceremony.
A parent or guardian of each senior is asked to RSVP for the ceremony by May 15 to let Melissa High School know who from each family plans to attend. Up to four (4) family members, in addition to the senior, are permitted to attend. The RSVP form is linked below.
Note: Your RSVP does not guarantee attendance on June 5. Please see the COVID-19 screening information below.
In addition to completing the RSVP form, those planning to attend graduation will be required to participate in screening (via a digital questionnaire) for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. Anyone presenting COVID-19 signs or symptoms will be excluded from graduation.
The COVID-19 screening form will be shared with families on June 1, with a deadline of June 3. Completion of the COVID-19 screening form, confirming no COVID-19 signs or symptoms, will guarantee entrance into the June 5 graduation ceremony.
During the ceremony, all attendees must keep six (6) feet of spacing between anyone else who is not a member of their household. It is also recommended, but not required, that attendees wear a face covering over the nose and mouth. Social interaction and congregating at Cardinal Stadium before, during, or after the ceremony will be strictly prohibited.
Closer to graduation, Melissa High School will provide information on parking, seating, arrival and departure procedures, how to purchase graduation photos, and general instructions and guidelines for the ceremony itself.
The Melissa High School Prom, rescheduled to Friday, June 12, 2020 is officially cancelled. Unfortunately, school officials were unable to find a way to conduct prom while following social distancing guidelines and restrictions on group gatherings. Click here for details regarding ticket refunds.
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications