SWTJC plans outdoor graduation for next month
Hector Gonzales Graduation for Southwest Texas Junior College will be held on May 13-14 at the Uvalde Honey Bowl, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be postponed until the first weekend of June, SWTJC president Hector Gonzales told the college’s board of trustees on March 24. Gonzales also updated the boarduvaldeleadernews.com
San Marcos High School's Class of 2021 celebrated graduation Friday night at San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium. Over 430 students graduated. Inclement weather impacted the ceremony as heavy storms entered the area as the event started. Graduation was completed inside the high school's Student Activity Center. Above and below left, students walk into the stadium for graduation.sanmarcosrecord.com
Seven Air Force basic trainees graduating at JBSA-Lackland to join US Space Force
SAN ANTONIO – Seven U.S. Air Force basic trainees marched into history on Thursday during graduation ceremonies at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland as the first enlisted members of the U.S. Space Force. “There’s lots of excitement ahead for these seven, and we couldn’t be more proud to have them on our team,” said Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of operations for the Space Force, following the graduation ceremony. The seven trainees will transfer to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to begin training for their new Space Force positions. “The training will include operating satellites like the Global Positioning System, as well as operating satellites protecting our country, missile warning satellites and operating radar stations around the globe,” Raymond said. San Antonio is among six finalists cities being considered for the location of the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.
Judson ISD cancels in-person graduation ceremonies for high schools due to COVID-19 mandate
SAN ANTONIO The new COVID-19 mandate by Bexar County that limits gatherings to no more than 100 people has put a stop on large in-person graduation ceremonies. Due to crowd limits, Judson Independent School District canceled all in-person graduation ceremonies for the districts high schools. The district said there will not be any consideration of graduation ceremonies in July or December for the 2020 graduates. The affected ceremonies include Judson, Wagner and Veterans Memorial high schools, as well as Judson Early College Academy and Judson Learning Academy. The original graduation ceremonies were set for June 29, 30 and July 1 at Rutledge Stadium.
Sidney Lanier High School seniors celebrate graduation with car parade
Sidney Lanier High School seniors held a unique graduation celebration in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors lined up car by car instead of side-by-side on the stage to celebrate together as a graduating class. Instead, a parade was held to acknowledge and celebrate all that the students have achieved. Watch more about the celebration in the video player above. San Antonio woman turns 107, community celebrates with car parade
Class of 2020 grads can win free Torchy’s Tacos for a year
SAN ANTONIO – The future keeps looking up for 2020 graduates, and now Torchy’s Tacos is giving them a chance to win free tacos for a year. The Austin-based restaurant is giving away $500 gift cards to 20 graduates. To qualify, high school or college class of 2020 graduates can post a photo of themselves to social media in their cap and gown or with their diploma and tell Torchy’s about their “Taco Dreams” for the future. The post must include the hashtag #TorchysClassof2020, and graduates should tag their school. The contest ends Friday, June 5 at 10 p.m.Click here for the full contest rules.
Southside ISD explains decision to postpone virtual graduation
SAN ANTONIO Southside ISD officials are setting the record straight after postponing its virtual graduation video shoot. Virtual graduation for Southside High School canceled at last minuteDistrict officials conferred with Texas Education Agency guidelines and local public health officials before deciding to reschedule the shoot in light of the information, which was not specified in the news release. The shoot will now take place on June 9-11 at the Southside High School campus. The school also has plans for an in-person graduation in July. At this time, we are collecting information and data.Read the full news release below:
Dallas principal personally delivers 249 diploma covers to every senior in 2020 graduating class
DALLAS Scott Rudes is the principal at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and he made it his personal mission to hand-deliver diploma covers to all 249 seniors in his schools graduating class, according to CBS-Dallas. I really felt disconnected and I wanted a chance to celebrate with each of my seniors, said Rudes. The principal spent 50 hours in his car and drove more than 1,300 miles to pull off the deliveries, CBS-Dallas reported. The cancelation of many graduation ceremonies hit close to home for Rudes who told NBC-Dallas, I can say, that as a father of a senior of the class of 2020, Im living it right along with the parents and the students.San Antonio ISD to hold outdoor graduation ceremoniesRudes dressed in a ceremonial cap and gown to make his diploma cover deliveries and wore a mask, made sure to sanitize and took socially distanced pictures with the graduates. He addressed the pandemic when speaking with NBC-Dallas saying, even though were going through extraordinary times right now, they are extraordinary people and theyre worth this effort.Here are the class of 2020 graduation plans for San Antonio-area high schools
10 graduation gift ideas all for less than $50
It isn’t always easy to budget for graduation gifts, especially amid the pandemic and with other holidays that fall during the same season. Here are 10 all for $50 or less that we think the graduate in your life will enjoy. Put together a gift set that includes a laundry basket, detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets and a roll of quarters. Coffee makerA coffee maker is the perfect gift for a recent grad who regularly needs a caffeine boost as part of the morning routine. First aid kitRest easy by giving the gift of safety to your graduate.
Judson ISD holding Class of 2020 graduation virtually
Published: May 20, 2020, 3:53 pm Updated: May 21, 2020, 8:43 amSAN ANTONIO – Judson ISD has announced that it will not hold in-person graduation ceremonies this year due to the pandemic. Instead, the district will hold virtual graduation ceremonies for three high schools this Saturday. The district partnered with San Antonio tech firm TINT to hold the virtual commencement ceremonies — one of four options allowed by Gov. According to a news release from TINT, Judson was selected as the first local district to use its virtual commencement service. How high school graduations will look in Texas
Northside ISD announces plans for Class of 2020 graduation
SAN ANTONIO – Northside ISD will not host in-person graduation ceremonies at the Alamodome and will instead have a safe, contactless graduation recognition event at each high school the week of June 15. For the Class of 2020, the District is allowing graduates to wear cords and stoles from outside organizations for personal achievements. Graduates are asked to opt-in if they choose to participate in this campus event by completing an online Google form. The Google link will also be available on each high school campus website. A virtual graduation video will be issued to students in early July.
These 9 virtual or ‘drive-by’ graduation party ideas are brilliant
Plan a little watch party for your son or daughter to enjoy the Facebook graduation. Facebook is celebrating the class of 2020 with a whole week of graduation features, and a commencement program. Highlights and more will be posted to the @instagram account on Instagram, and on contributors’ social media accounts.”Grads are encouraged to host their own virtual graduation ceremony and party via Facebook, with special features including a virtual graduation hub, custom filters, family and friends celebrations enabled by Messenger Rooms, and more. JoAnn Fabric has a whole webpage on how you can make a graduation cap embellishment out of paper flowers. This is a birthday party and not a graduation, but you’ll see the general idea!
Providence High School holds car parade for graduating seniors
SAN ANTONIO – A car parade was held Friday morning for the Class of 2020 at Providence High School. Class of 2020, upload your pics! Principal Alicia Garcia said the car parade was held because a traditional Mass honoring the graduates couldn’t be celebrated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Car parades have become a creative and safe way to recognize people on special occasions during the pandemic. Garcia said she thanks all of the staff for their hard work, especially during this difficult time.
EVO Entertainment hosting free drive-in graduation ceremonies for San Antonio schools
SAN ANTONIO – Evo Entertainment is offering to host drive-in graduation ceremonies for free. The Texas movie theater chain can project live or recorded footage onto screens and broadcast sound directly to FM radios for all vehicles who attend drive-in ceremonies. High schools, colleges and universities across the U.S. have had to postpone or outright cancel in-person graduation ceremonies for the 2020 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. San Antonio-area universities to have virtual graduation ceremonies in May, in-person commencements in fallThe free drive-in commencement offer is being extended to educational institutions that had to cancel ceremonies due to COVID-19. If your school would like to host a drive-in graduation ceremony, EVO will host it for free!
H-E-B holding Texas-Sized Graduation celebration for Class of 2020
SAN ANTONIO H-E-B is stepping in to make graduation season in Texas a little more celebration and a little less confinement during the coronavirus pandemic. Be it High School or College, the Class of 2020 worked hard to earn their diplomas & we're celebrating them! Join us on 5/20, 7pm for a Texas-Sized Graduation Celebration on YouTube Live. https://t.co/ZTssHiEW6T H-E-B (@HEB) May 1, 2020San Antonio-area universities to have virtual graduation ceremonies in May, in-person commencements in fallSpecial guests will be a part of the celebration, H-E-B said, but they have yet to be announced. The first case confirmed in the U.S. was in mid-January and the first case confirmed in San Antonio was in mid-February.
Texas Motor Speedway is hosting high school graduations for the class of 2020
For many high school seniors, the coronavirus pandemic has turned graduation from a once in a lifetime experience into yet another day at home. But for lucky students in Denton County, Texas, their graduation ceremony will be an affair to remember. "We are honored by the opportunity to support each and every Denton County high school graduate as best we can in these difficult times." Because of the venue's large size, each high school will be able to host its ceremony on or close to the original date while maintaining social distancing guidelines. "We can't thank the leadership of Texas Motor Speedway enough for the ability to use the speedway for our graduation ceremonies," Dr. Ryder Warren, superintendent of Northwest Independent School District, said in a statement.