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Graduation FAQ

Questions about Tickets:

 
Seniors will be getting their ticket packets during Senior Week activities May 20-22. Each packet will include five audience member tickets, two parking passes, and information for Graduates about the ceremony.
Each campus will have times outside of Senior Week activities for Seniors to pick up Ticket Packets during the week. The last day to pick up Ticket Packets is May 22!
In an effort to ensure physical distancing, and comply with directives from the Governor and Texas Education Agency, each graduate is limited to five audience members. Each audience member over the age of 2 will be required to have a ticket; children under the age of 2 will need to be held/in laps for the ceremony.
No; in an effort to maintain physical distancing requirements between groups, seating will be arranged in groups of five only.


Questions about Ceremonies:

 
Yes, there will be a photographer to capture images of the graduates walking the stage with their diploma covers.
No; under the current set of guidance from the Texas Education Agency, graduates will not be able to take photos together or with members of other ticket groups. Opportunities are provided during Senior Week activities for graduates to take pictures at various campus locations. At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone will be required to leave when their color group is announced in order to maintain physical distancing.
Only graduates and District staff will be allowed on the field.
Yes, every graduate’s name will be called and they will be able to walk across the stage. The difference this year is that they will not be handed their diploma or shake hands with Campus or District staff members.
Yes; students will gather in the staging area to be arranged for the processional into the stadium.
Each graduate will receive five printed copies of the program in their diploma cover. The program will also be available online for download and printing.
No - students are not required to attend the ceremony in order to graduate. We understand that not everyone will be able to attend, or will be comfortable in such a large group setting. For those who choose not to attend, we will be honoring all graduates during our virtual graduation, and all will receive their diplomas in the mail.
The Texas Education Agency recommends limiting the number of participants to a level that maximizes social distancing. By reducing participation of other student groups, we are able to maximize the number of family members who can attend while maintaining physical distancing requirement.
Yes; while we are limited in the number of staff that will be at the ceremony, we have asked each campus to select staff members who are most closely associated with the senior class to assist with logistical support so that they can be attendance at the ceremony.


Questions about Health/Safety:

 
If you have experienced any of the symptoms listed you will need to stay home and watch the ceremony broadcast. This is to protect our graduates, participants and CISD staff members. The ceremony will be live broadcast for anyone who is unable to attend the ceremony.
In addition to the health screener located on the back of your ticket,
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located in multiple areas around the stadium;
  • Staff members will be on-site to help monitor physical distancing requirements among graduates and attendees;
  • Seating has been marked to ensure each group has adequate space;
  • Physical contact between graduates and District officials will be limited by placing diplomas on chairs;
  • Certain ceremony components will be pre-recorded to eliminate the need for other student groups to be on-site (i.e. band members, etc.);
  • Face masks will be provided to each graduate to wear when entering the stadium; audience members are strongly encouraged to wear face masks or cloth coverings in areas where physical distancing may be hard to maintain.
While it is not a requirement, we would encourage you to wear a mask or cloth face covering at times when physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. entering gates, moving to seating areas, etc.) Each graduate will be given a mask at check-in to wear during the entry processional.
We will be providing a face mask for each graduate to wear, if they choose, when they are entering the stadium as this will be the only time that physical distancing will be difficult to maintain. Once they are seated, they will be able to remove their masks.


Questions about Online Viewing:

 
Links to the live broadcast will be posted on the Comal ISD webpage, the high school webpage, the Comal ISD YouTube channel, as well as district and campus social media. To view links click here.  
Yes, in addition to live viewing, the ceremony will be posted to view after the event.


Questions about Arrival:

 
Parking in designated areas helps us facilitate the process of maintaining physical distancing requirements and fulfill the recommendation of the Texas Education Agency to stagger arrival times and dismissal times.
The Texas Education Agency has recommended implementing a plan to ensure physical distancing requirements are maintained during arrival and dismissal times. By specifying certain groups to arrive at designated times, graduates will be able to arrive, check-in and proceed to the staging area; and audience members will be able to park and find their seats in smaller groups.
Each stadium has been divided into four groups with specified gates being used to assist in facilitating a quick entry and seating process to comply with the Texas Education Agency mandate to maintain six feet of separation at all times.


Misc. Questions:

 
Accessible parking and seating will be available. Please contact your campus so that we can ensure we have enough accessible space reserved for your group.
Color groups were randomly assigned during ticket pick up. All ticket packets were in unmarked envelopes so that no one knew ahead of time where a graduate’s guests would be seated. The number of ticket packets per color corresponds to the number of seating groups and parking spots available.
No, due to the special circumstances of this event, and other safety precautions that will be taken, the clear bag policy will not apply to graduation ceremonies only. However, all bags are subject to inspection upon entry. We ask that you limit bags to one small bag or clutch per person. Exceptions will be made for bags for medically necessary items and diaper bags.
As this event is occurring on school property tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, in addition to weapons of any kind, are prohibited. In addition, the following items are prohibited:
  • Air horns, shakers and other noisemakers;
  • Signs, posters and banners;
  • Confetti, streamers, beach balls and balloons.