Important Information for 2021 Graduation Guests
MASKS: Masks will continue to be strongly encouraged for everyone attending the graduation ceremonies in the audience and for graduates while on the field. However, because the event is outside, masks will not be required for spectators or graduates while on the field. Masks will still be required for graduates and adults while inside the ceremony staging and preparation area.
TICKETS: If you are a ticket holder for a Hays CISD graduation, this page provides important information for graduation spectators that will help ensure the commencement ceremonies will be safe. Graduates have been provided additional information from their campuses that applies specifically to them. Hays CISD is pleased to be able to offer, though limited, an in-person graduation experience for the Class of 2021 graduates.
** PLEASE NOTE: Once tickets have been selected, that selection is final.
Click the links below to view graduation ticket information for each campus:
Arrival & Parking
LHS & HHS graduates should expect to arrive at Shelton Stadium with their parents or guests one hour-and-a-half hours before the ceremony begins, the same time the stadium gates will open. LOA graduates should arrive 1 hour prior to the ceremony which is the time the stadium gates will open.
Hays CISD has created an interactive map showing the locations for parking and gate entry: (Click the map image at right)
Spectator Drop Off: Spectators who are not able to walk from the parking lots may be dropped off at the main gate in front of the B Side (east/home stands) or in front of the Burdine Johnson Theater south of the A Side (west/visitor stands), depending on in which stands the spectators will be seated.
Parking: Parking is available in the north/Bales Gym lot and the south lot between Shelton Stadium and Hays High School. Handicap parking is designated at various locations. Overflow parking is at Live Oak Academy and Barton Middle School. Employee and event staff parking is behind Hays High School.
Entry will be available through the Burdine Johnson Theater area gate (west/visitor stands), the main stadium gate (east/home stands) and the Bales Gym area gate (north of stadium). Please note: the north gate Bales Gym area entrance will be closed to guests at the start of the graduation ceremonies for HHS and LHS. The north gate Bales Gym area entrance will be closed to guests for the LOA ceremony.
- Regardless of age, every guest must have a ticket
- Every guest must be free of the symptoms listed on the COVID-19 screening signs to enter (view the sign)
- Face masks are required to enter & should be worn at all times
- The stadium clear bag policy is in effect (view the policy)
- Sealed plastic water bottles are allowed (no personal mugs or cups)
Guests will be expected to sit in their assigned ticketed seats. Stadium staff ushers will be available to assist with locating guests' ticketed seats. Seating areas are appropriately spaced to ensure maximum social distancing and safety. Thank you for your cooperation. Seating for people with disabilities is all located on the B Side (east/home stands).
Every seat in the stadium should provide an excellent view of the ceremony. You will also be able to order formal graduation stage photos or copies of the ceremony video for purchase. The district will also have photographers who will be taking field-level action photos throughout the ceremony. These photos will capture close-up scenes and will be provided free to you on the district's Facebook page within a few days of the ceremony.
Attire & Other Things to Consider
Graduation is a tremendously exciting and special event. Congratulations to you and your graduate. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, remember this event will take place outside - in Texas - during the late spring. With that in mind, be sure to:
- Dress comfortably
- Dress according to the weather forecast, including potentially hot temperatures
- Bring plenty of water bottles or other non-alcoholic drinks unopened in their manufacturer containers
- Plan ahead for the restrooms - wait times may be longer than expected because of social distancing
- Stay at least 6-feet apart and do not congregate for any reason
- Cheer as loudly as you can - just not with any noisemakers or air horns
- Keep the view great for everyone - limit sign sizes to less than 24" x 36" (also no balloons or confetti please)
- Stadium seat cushions are allowed in the stadium for graduation
After the Ceremony
After the ceremony, guests should leave the stands as quickly as possible while maintaining best social distancing practices. Graduates will meet you at your car. Be sure to text them where you are parked and wait for them by the car. This will keep people from gathering near the stadium exits. If you took off your face mask at your seat during the ceremony, be sure to put it back on before you head toward the exit. The stadium will need to be cleared as soon as possible after the ceremony so that cleaning crews can get to work disinfecting seats and setting up for the next graduation.
Again - Congratulations Class of 2021! We apologize for the extra rules and guidelines, but we are happy we were able to make an in-person graduation ceremony possible.
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