FHS Graduation Ceremony Update: Per Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order, no in-person indoor ceremonies are yet permitted under current executive orders related to public health. Outdoor ceremonies may take place in any county on or after May 29, 2020. The order also allows for limited family members to attend an outdoor graduation. FHS is allowing only 4 family members.
During meetings with seniors, district / FHS leadership, and the Board of Trustees, it was clear that an in-person ceremony was important to our community. In an effort to assure an in-person ceremony to celebrate the class of 2020, the District has adjusted plans to provide an in-person ceremony at Challenger Stadium.
Consequently, we have decided to reschedule Friendswood High School’s graduation ceremony previously scheduled for July 11, 2020, to June 5, 2020, at Challenger Columbia Stadium located at 1955 W Nasa Blvd, Webster, TX 77598 at 7:00 pm. The weather make-up date will be the following day, June 6, 2020, at 10:00am. **Seniors must arrive at 8:30am for Senior Class and 12-year senior pictures and to review graduation procedures.
Why Challenger Stadium? Challenger is the closest and largest outdoor stadium with availability. This will allow for the maximum number of family members to attend per the Governor’s and TEA guidelines, and will not require the splitting of the ceremony or reducing attendees as would Henry Winston Stadium. Challenger Stadium has a large parking capacity that is needed for FISD attendance, while also being large enough to allow safe distancing space in the stands and entry areas. Challenger also has technology capabilities for Livestreaming.
FISD, as well as other Texas school districts that will participate in outdoor ceremonies, must comply with strict guidelines set forth by the Texas Education Agency. Communication from FHS on the procedures and guidelines for graduation will be distributed in the weeks ahead.
Thank you for your patience with the many changes that have come during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.