High school graduations in Lubbock to be held outdoors and in-pe - FOX34 Lubbock

High school graduations in Lubbock to be held outdoors and in-person

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD graduations are usually held at United Supermarkets Arena, but like most events this year, it will be different. 

FOX34's parent company, Ramar Communications teamed up with United to broadcast ceremonies across our area.

"It's going to be unique, but I think it'll be fun," CEO of United, Robert Taylor said. "I'm so happy we were able to sponsor this and help bring some normal life to these graduates on their special day."
 
Taylor said administrators were adamant about having a personal graduation, so as Co-Chair of the task force in Lubbock, he helped create a plan and present it to Governor Abbott.
 
"I guess it was accepted because not only did he approve the plan, but it became the guidelines for the state of Texas to have graduations," Taylor said. "So we're really pleased we have a part in that."
 
Lubbock ISD schools will host their ceremonies at Lowery Field. Superintendent Kathy Rollo said the graduates will sit six feet apart and the number of guests is fixed.
 
"Coronado, Monterey and Lubbock High have five guest tickets per graduate," Rollo said. "And the smaller schools, Estacado and Talkington have ten tickets."
 
Roosevelt High School's principal said it will also limit graduate guests to five.
 
"There were tears from parents when they found out there was only gonna be five cause that's tough to get all the grandparents and extended families there," Jimmy Ledbetter said. "So the opportunity to have it on television is great."
 
Instead of hosting graduation on its campus, the Eagles rented out 4ORE Golf.
 
"That was our goal to do something unique for our kids because they've lost a lot this spring as seniors," Ledbetter said. "They missed out on prom, athletic banquets, band banquets, just so many things."
 
Ledbetter and Rollo said a lot more planning went in to making graduation happen this year, but it will be worth it.
 
"Graduating from high school is a milestone in everyone's life," Rollo said.
 
"It's a culmination of 13 years of education for them, but also for moms and dads," Ledbetter said.
 
Ten graduations will be broadcast on three channels over the next couple weeks. For the full schedule go to fox34.com/graduation2020.
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