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Class of 2020 Updated Graduation Ceremony Schedule
At this past Monday’s Board of Trustees Meeting it was determined that outdoor graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will move forward this June at Legacy Stadium. Graduates and guests may begin arriving to the stadium at 6:45 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. ceremony start time. The updated graduation calendar is below.
Graduation Ceremony FAQ's
How many guest tickets will each graduate receive?
Per the TEA Guidance for Graduation released on May 6, outdoor ceremonies are required to provide 6 feet or more of spacing between all participants. To ensure compliance with TEA guidance, each graduate will receive 4 guest tickets. The guests of each graduate are required to sit together as a group of four at designated seating in Legacy Stadium ensuring the 6 feet of separation between each group of guests. Guests will easily identify groupings of 4 seats by marked stadium seats and signage.
Guests 3 years of age or older will need a ticket to attend the graduation ceremony.
Will the Ceremony be Live Streamed?
Yes, patrons are encouraged to watch the live stream if they do not have a ticket for entry to Legacy Stadium. The ceremonies will be live streamed for free on www.texanlive.com/katyisd/. The link will be available on the district website and communicated out via District and campus social media. Once the ceremony concludes, a downloadable copy will be available for purchase. Families may purchase a DVD of the ceremony from Coastal Productions. The information and an order form are available on this web page.
How many parking tags will each graduate receive?
Each graduate will receive (2) parking tags.
Is there a cost for parking?
There is no charge for parking at Legacy Stadium.
How will parking be handled?
Each graduate will receive a field seat assignment and two parking tags assigned to quadrant A, B, C or D. This will ensure our graduate and guests can park and enter Legacy Stadium near the graduate’s assigned seat. Graduates will receive a map with instructions along with their parking passes during the Grab N Go distribution on Thursday, June 11.
When will graduates receive their ceremony information?
Graduates may pick up their ceremony items at the campus Grab N Go scheduled on Thursday, June 11. Campuses will communicate the time and for the Grab N Go. Seniors may expect to pick-up the following items:
(4) Guest Tickets
(4) Ceremony Programs
(2) Parking Tags
(2) Parking Maps
(seniors must be clear of all library, technology, textbook, uniforms, etc. holds).
What time may I enter Legacy Stadium?
The Legacy Stadium gates will open at 6:45 p.m. for graduate and guest arrival.
What are the Graduate Guidelines?
Caps and gowns should be carried until graduate has checked in at designated entrance.
Decorations are not allowed on caps.
Tassels worn on the right side of the cap.
Due to the turf at Legacy Stadium, it is asked that heels are not worn for safety reasons.
Graduates are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, preferably with pockets to secure car keys and cell phone.
Cell phones must be turned off and not visible during the ceremony. No additional items will be permitted on the field.
What are the Guest Guidelines?
Guests are expected to adhere to KISD signage regarding medical self-screening of COVID-19 symptoms and when in line at the concession or restroom maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
Guests of graduates are expected to sit together at clearly marked seats of (4).
Where will students be seated on the field?
The field at Legacy Stadium will be split into 4 quadrants (A, B, C and D). Graduates seated in the quadrant corresponding to their (2) parking tags. Graduates will receive their individual seat assignment within the quadrant during the campus Grab N Go on Thursday, June 11.
Is food allowed in the stadium?
No outside food or drink is allowed into Legacy Stadium. Graduates will have water made available to them at their stadium check-in location. Bottled water and drinks will be sold onsite.
Will there be a Clear Bag Policy?
Yes, please use the link to view the Clear Bag Policy for Graduation Ceremonies.
Are stadium seats allowed in Legacy Stadium?
Yes, guests are welcome to bring stadium seats.
The following items are prohibited within Legacy Stadium.
Will the graduation ceremonies be live streamed?
Yes, the 2020 Katy ISD Graduation live stream live just prior to the beginning of each ceremony. The link to the live stream will be provided via the Katy ISD website and included in the graduate information available on June 11.
What is the inclement weather plan?
Every effort will be made to hold each ceremony, but in the event of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be rescheduled to 8:00 a.m. the following day. Legacy Stadium gates will open at 6:45 a.m. for graduate and guest arrival.
What is the recommended attire for graduates participating in the ceremony?
Dress comfortably and appropriately for the temperature and humidity. Flat shoes are recommended for the graduates to walk on the turf field. Information regarding preferred ceremony attire will be provided by your child’s campus.
Do you have handicap seating?
Yes, handicap seating is available. Seating is available on the concourse level.
Do you provide wheelchairs?
Yes, wheelchair escorts are available. However, due to a limited number of wheelchairs, the wheel chairs may not remain with the guest during the ceremony.
Do you have elevators?
Yes, elevators are located on both sides of the stadium.
May I bring a camera or recording device into the ceremony?
Yes, cameras and recording devices are allowed. However, tripods and other professional equipment is prohibited. Camera and equipment including cords are not allowed in aisles or walkways.
What is the procedure for exiting the stadium?
At the end of the graduation ceremony, guests will remain seated until their section is dismissed and then immediately exit the stadium.
Can we gather outside the stadium following the graduation ceremony?
Congregation of groups after the ceremony is not allowed. Graduates and their families will continue their celebration, including taking photographs, at home.
Are face coverings required?
Katy ISD employees and graduates will be provided with a mask. Graduates, employees and guests are encouraged to wear masks but are not required.
What sanitizing practices will be in place?
Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and throughout Legacy Stadium. The stadium will be disinfected between ceremonies.
How long is the graduation ceremony?
The ceremony is approximately (2) hours long.
How will diplomas be distributed?
Principals will not be handing out diploma covers to students or shaking the graduate’s hand. Diploma covers will be placed on a table on the stage. When the graduate’s name is called, each student will pick up his or her diploma cover from the table. All diploma covers will be stacked on the table by staff members wearing masks and gloves.
Looking for a Graduation Item?
Please do not hesitate to contact your campus principal or senior class assistant principal regarding assigned parking, check-in protocols (including temperature checks), attire, guest tickets, programs, diplomas or any other questions you may have.
Non-District Affiliated Cords and Collars
Due to this year’s extenuating circumstances and change of event venue, graduates’ requests to wear non-district affiliated graduation cords and collars with graduation gowns have been approved.
Graduate Parking and Seat Assignments Map
Cap and Gown Vendor information
Students must wear the cap and gown of the school from which their diploma is issued. If you need to order cap & gown, announcements, etc., please contact:
Day of Graduation Reminders
All ceremony procedures will comply with current state, county and CDC guidelines. Additional graduation ceremony information, including event protocols and more, will be released on Friday, May 29.