GHS Graduation May 27th at 7pm at Texas Motor Speedway
Gainesville High School graduation will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., the originally scheduled date and time.
Message from Dr. DesMontes Stewart:
Due to the restrictions that are in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the process of hosting as well as facilitating a graduation ceremony became quite complex. My team and I discussed several potential options on how to make this happen and in an effort to respect social distancing and to provide an in-person ceremony we elected to partner with the Texas Motor Speedway in using their facility.
The TMS facility will allow us to provide a memorable graduation ceremony for our seniors despite their final year in GISD being cut short. Our students have stood strong during the closure of school and now it is time for us to celebrate them as they prepare to transition into the next phase of life. I could not be more proud of this group of individuals.
Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) is a NASCAR speedway located at 3545 Lone Star Circle. TMS has the capability to allow families to attend commencement ceremonies without leaving their vehicles. Each graduate will receive one parking tag for the graduate parking area, and two parking tags for additional vehicles to ensure access to the spectator area.
TMS will project the ceremony on “Big Hoss,” a 12-story, 218-foot-wide video board, to ensure that every graduate is seen by those in attendance, both in-person and virtually.
All vehicles will enter on the south end of the track through the three lanes which lead to the infield. All vehicles traveling with a graduate will need to enter through the left lane. These vehicles will be directed to the graduate parking area. All vehicles with spectator parking tags will need to enter in the middle or right lane and will be directed to the parent parking area on the east side of the infield facing the Big Hoss video screen.
Upon parking, all graduates will exit the vehicle and enter the student staging area, maintaining social distancing, and remain there until being directed to the designated seats in “Victory Lane” which will be placed 6 feet apart. Additional family members in the same vehicle as the graduate must stay in the vehicle and remain parked in the graduate parking area. The Big Hoss video screen is easily viewed from this location.
The order of ceremonies will be conducted in a traditional format, concluding with graduates receiving their diplomas in a “hands-free” style to respect social distancing guidelines. Following the ceremony, all graduates will return to their vehicles and all graduation attendees will exit through the north tunnel.
All attendees MUST stay in their vehicle and watch the ceremony as it streams live on Big Hoss. Prohibited items include: lawn chairs, grills, RVs, limos, buses, vehicles over 8 ½ feet, frisbees, balloons, balls, confetti guns, laser pointers, drones, pets, etc. Concessions will not be available.
Graduating students and their families will receive additional information, including arrival times, in the coming weeks. For those unable to attend, the ceremony will be broadcast on 97.7FM and streamed live on the TMS YouTube channel.
Family members who are in high-risk categories for contracting COVID-19, or who are currently quarantined, are asked to remain at home and watch via Livestream.