ABILENE — The Abilene ISD’s three in-person graduation ceremonies are set to go off this weekend as the district finally puts a wrap on the COVID-interrupted 2019-20 school year.
Abilene High School will be the first commencement ceremony at 9:30 p.m. Friday, followed by ATEMS High School at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and, finally, Cooper High School at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Attached to this page (at the top) are a parking map for Shotwell Stadium, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the graduation ceremonies.
One question those attending might have is about the use of masks at the ceremonies. Per the governor’s executive order, masks will be required to enter the stadium and they will be required to be worn during each ceremony. AISD staff working the event will be wearing masks, as will the graduates. All guests will also be asked to comply with the order.
Every effort will be made to hold each ceremony at its scheduled time. However, in the event that one of the ceremonies is postponed by weather and the other two ceremonies are able to take place in their scheduled time slots, the postponed commencement ceremony will move to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. If multiple ceremonies are lost to weather, they will be moved to the next weekend.
For those who can’t make it to any of the three ceremonies in person, they will be able to watch the ceremony of their choosing on the AISD-TV Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/aisdtv/), as well as on the AISD Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/abileneisd/). A few days after the ceremonies have ended, they will be available to watch on the AISD-TV Vimeo page (https://vimeo.com/aisd) and will also be available at select times on the City of Abilene’s Public Access Channel (channel 2 on Suddenlink). AISD’s longtime partner in broadcasting graduation ceremonies, BigCountryHomepage, will once again join us in streaming all three ceremonies at bigcountryhomepage.com.