Graduation ceremonies to be live-streamed for 17th straight year

As students get ready to close a chapter in their lives, McAllen ISD will be there for the big send off.

The district will web stream its graduation ceremonies so that friends and family, who may not be able to attend, can still enjoy this special milestone in each graduate’s life.

This will be the 17th straight year McAllen ISD has live streamed its graduations – leading the way. In past years, family members who lived out of town, some even serving overseas in the armed forces, have viewed the events through the web. McAllen ISD began its graduation webcasts in 2004.

Those interested in viewing the ceremonies live can click on the link on McAllen ISD’s main web page (mcallenisd.org). It will be on the McAllen ISD Facebook page and McAllen ISD You Tube page.

Here is the graduation schedule:

            Monday, June 8          6:30 p.m.                     Achieve Early College High School  

            Monday, June 8          8:30 p.m.                     Lamar Academy

            Tues., June 9               7:30 p.m.                     McAllen High School

            Wed., June 10             7:30 p.m.                     McAllen Memorial High School

            Thur., June 11             7:30 p.m.                     James “Nikki” Rowe High School

The graduations will take place at DQ Fan Field at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the graduations (originally scheduled for May 29-30) have moved to an outdoor facility. This will be the first time graduations have been held at the stadium since 2003.

Health & Safety

So that social distancing can be maintained, the stadium will not be filled to capacity. All graduates are allowed to invite four people to the event.

Each invitee must fill out and turn in a health questionnaire at the stadium entrance gate. The health questionnaire should be filled out beforehand. It can be downloaded and printed here:

https://www.mcallenisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1103823&type=d&pREC_ID=1951735

Nurses will be on hand to pick up the questionnaires.

Bag policy

McAllen ISD does not allow back packs or duffle bags into the stadium.  Bags will be subject to a hand scanning metal detector procedure. Please allow some extra time when arriving at the stadium.

Seating and dismissal

While family members may sit together, there will be six feet of distance between other families. Seating will be arranged in groups of one to four for the convenience of spectators.

It is highly recommended that all participants, students and spectators wear a face covering. Balloons are not allowed while horns and other noisemakers are discouraged.

At the end of the evening, please wait for the ushers to dismiss your row. Each row will be dismissed one at a time. Please exit the way you came in and respect social distancing at all times.

For more information on the guest requirements, click here: https://www.mcallenisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1103823&type=d&pREC_ID=1951744

McAllen ISD wants this to be a grand and festive occasion for everyone. That is why we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all graduates, spectators and staff.

Parking & Seating

Achieve & Lamar

For guests attending the ceremonies for Achieve ECHS or Lamar Academy, parking will be off Tamarack Ave. on the southwest side of the stadium. Seating will be on the west (home) side only.

The portion of Tamarack Ave. running from Bicentennial Blvd. to 23rd St. will have limited access starting 90 minutes before graduation. You must have a graduation ticket to be granted access to park in the southwest parking lot.

McHi, Memorial & Rowe

For guest attending the McAllen High, Memorial or Rowe ceremonies, where you park will depend on the graduate’s last name. If you are a family member of someone graduating with their last name beginning with A-L, you will park in the parking lot to the north of the stadium. Those parking on the north side will enter through the stadium’s north gates and sit on the east (visitor’s) side.

If the graduate’s last name begins with M-Z, parking will be to the southwest of the stadium with entry being made through the stadium’s south gates and seating on the west (home) side.

The portion of Tamarack Ave. running from Bicentennial Blvd. to 23rd St. will have limited access starting 90 minutes before graduation. You must have a graduation ticket for a graduate with a last name starting with M-Z to be granted access to park in the southwest parking lot.

There are separate parking areas designated for graduates and staff.

For more information on the McAllen ISD graduations, go to https://www.mcallenisd.org/apps/pages/grad.