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Elgin ISD sets June date for in-person graduation

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    Graduating seniors from the Class of 2019 celebrate with applause and selfies at the conclusion of last year's Elgin High School graduation ceremony. File photo

On Friday afternoon, the Elgin Independent School District announced its plans for an in-person graduation—subject to a number of precautions, and depending on changing public health conditions—in a letter to parents, available here

The current plan for the graduation ceremony is to hold it outdoors at Wildcat Stadium on Friday, June 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. In case of bad weather, the back-up date and time is the following morning at 9 a.m. If graduation can be held on neither date for any reason, the district will host a virtual graduation ceremony on June 12.

The ceremony will combine graduates from both Elgin and Phoenix high schools.

Only two attendees per graduate can attend, but the ceremony will be livestreamed for other friends and family. Attendees will have assigned seating.

From the time they enter district property until they leave, all attendees will be required to wear face masks and maintain a minimum of six feet separation from anyone outside of their household. Attendees will also be required to complete and sign a COVID-19 health screening before being admitted into the stadium. People over the age of 65 or with pre-existing health conditions are recommended to not attend.

"To be clear, this event has been organized to give our Class of 2020 one last time to be together," the letter from Elgin ISD Superintendent Jodi Duron said. "Although this will not be a typical or 'normal' graduation ceremony, we ask for your cooperation in maintaining all district protocols, in the best interest, safety and health of our students, families and community. In order for this to go well, all participants must adhere to these and subsequent guidelines set forth by the district and high school. Any person/attendee that violates the expectations of the district will not be allowed entry into the stadium and/or will be removed from the stadium.

"Let’s make this a great event for our Class of 2020, and let’s all do our part to keep each other safe," the letter concludes.