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2020 Graduation Ceremonies
Victoria ISD will host virtual as well as in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. The virtual graduations will air on the following stations/channels:
  • KAVU, channel 25 (Suddenlink channel 4)
  • Stream on www.crossroadstoday.com
  • Stream on the Crossroads Today TV app, available on all smart devices
Parents, family, and friends can include a celebration message to their graduate during the virtual graduation ceremony through the Crossroads Today website.
 
More detailed information about the in-person ceremony has been mailed to students. If you did not receive a packet or have more questions, please contact your campus counselor. 
 
victoria west high school

Victoria West High School
Virtual Ceremony:
Friday, May 29 at 8pm
 
In-Person Ceremony:
Monday, June 1 & Tuesday, June 2
Memorial Stadium
6pm - 10pm
victoria east high school

Victoria East High School
Virtual Ceremony:
Saturday, May 30 at 8pm
 
In-Person Ceremony:
Wednesday, June 3 & Thursday, June 4
Memorial Stadium
6pm - 10pm
liberty

Liberty Academy
Virtual Ceremony:
Saturday, May 30 at 7pm
 
In-Person Ceremony:
Friday, June 5
Memorial Stadium
6pm - 10pm
Graduation Plans Updated According to New State Guidelines (as of May 7)
 
Victoria ISD is making adjustments to the senior commencement walk, as a result of new guidance issued by the State of Texas earlier this week. Be advised, this permission from the State is subject to change as public health conditions change.
 
Given the direction that in-person outdoor ceremonies are only allowed on or after June 1, 2020, VISD is changing the dates of the graduation walk ceremonies to June 1-5:
  • Victoria West High School will be held June 1 and 2
  • Victoria East High School will be held June 3 and 4
  • Liberty will be held June 5
Each student will also be allowed to be accompanied by up to 5 (five) members of their household.
 
District Requirements for Commencement Walk Celebration
VISD will abide by all of the following requirements in order to protect the health and safety of students and their guests:
  • Prior to attending the ceremony, participating students and attending family members will be screened by District employees for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19, if exposure to the active confirmed case occurred within the last 14 days
Those found with any of these signs or symptoms will not be allowed to enter Memorial Stadium;
  • All employees, students, and other visitors must wear cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth) while inside any facilities. Graduates may only remove their mask for their photo on stage. Masks will not be provided by the district;
  • No rehearsals will be permitted;
  • All participants will maintain 6 (six) feet or more of spacing, except members of the same household (five individuals or fewer, excluding the graduate);
  • Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations will be available at all venue entrances;
  • Commonly touched surfaces will be frequently cleaned and sanitized;
  • Gloves will be worn by those distributing diploma covers to students;
  • District employees will be stationed appropriately to ensure compliance with all requirements and to limit congregation;
  • Communication will be provided to ensure participants are aware of the safety protocols before, during, and after the ceremony;
  • Graduates and guests will not be allowed to congregate outside of the ceremonies or facility grounds.
 
Administrators continue planning to ensure we appropriately implement social distancing measures, other safety measures, and logistics of the ceremony. Specific details, such as assigned student arrival times, parking, etc. will be forthcoming.VISD is committed to working with our senior class to design graduation plans that honor their achievement while complying with the necessary health and safety guidelines.
Additional Guidance for School Districts
 
Open Texas Report
Information in the “Attestation for counties with five or fewer laboratory-confirmed cases” section (page 44) explains why VISD cannot hold physical graduation ceremonies prior to June 1.
 
Guidance for 2020 Seniors
“Guidance for 2020 Seniors” outlines graduation considerations on pages 8-10.
  • Item #4 gives guidelines for “in-person, outdoor ceremonies”. You will see several bullet points required to comply with the orders
  • Item #5 gives guidance for if there should be inclement weather. Specifically, "in-person, indoor ceremonies" are disallowed.
Guidance for Graduation Ceremonies
Further details the requirements around graduation
  • Item #4 (bottom of page 3) provides guidelines for “in-person, outdoor ceremonies” with multiple bullet points that are required
 
VISD will continue working with our senior class to design graduation plans that fit within these guidelines for graduation.
Commencement Walk Celebration in Addition to Virtual Graduation
 
Our hearts go out to the class of 2020 and their families, who have watched cherished traditions altered or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our students’ safety and health remain our top priority.
 
Victoria ISD District leaders, together with high school principals, have prepared an experience that provides an in-person family commencement experience, while being mindful of gathering size and observing social distancing guidelines. This experience is in addition to the virtual graduations already planned for each school with the Victoria Television Group and Newscenter 25. 
 
For the commencement walk celebration:
  • Each school will have a designated day between May 26th – 30th;
  • Arrival times will be staggered;
  • Graduates will be allowed two guests each, at a maximum. No spectators will be allowed in the stands;
  • With their guests watching, and wearing their approved cap and gown, graduates will walk the football field to Pomp and Circumstance to collect their diploma cover on stage, with their name being announced;
  • School principals and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Quintin Shepherd will be in attendance honoring students;
  • Professional photographers will be on hand to capture the moment. 
More details on this event, including parking directions, arrival times and accessibility, will be coming soon. While the traditional celebrations will be adjusted, there is no change to the level of pride we feel for our graduates and the achievement they have reached!
Virtual Graduation Ceremonies Planned for Class of 2020
 
Victoria ISD's administrative team has been working to plan arrangements for many milestones that typically occur at the end of a VISD student's senior year. We'll post updates to this page as more information becomes finalized.
 
We know that everyone wishes we could have an in-person graduation ceremony but we feel strongly that this rite of passage needs to happen on schedule as our students have many different plans after graduation. Due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health recommendations that come with it, we are planning to hold a virtual graduation ceremony for each campus on May 29th and 30th that will include the regular speeches, pomp and circumstance. Seniors will be recognized using their senior photos and each child's name will be recognized.
 
We are working with the Victoria Television Group and Newscenter 25 to broadcast the virtual ceremonies, as well as provide them through various streaming platforms. Graduation may be different, but our ability to personalize graduation will still make it a memorable one!
 
More details regarding the virtual graduation ceremonies will be shared as they become available. Without a doubt, these extraordinary times have prompted unprecedented but necessary changes in every aspect of our lives.