8 things Round Rock ISD seniors need to know about 2020 graduation

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While Round Rock ISD’s class of 2020 has had an unprecedented end to their senior year, virtual graduations and in-person commencement walks are just around the corner. Here are eight things every RRISD senior needs to know.

  1. An in-person commencement walk is scheduled for May

    The district announced April 20 the cancellation of proms and graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic following Texas’ extension of school closures through the end of the academic year. But on May 1, RRISD said students would still be able to walk across the stage in commencement ceremonies held in adherence to reduced occupancy and social distancing guidelines. The commencement walks will be held May 18-23. For more information, click here.

  2. A virtual graduation ceremony is in the works

    As part of the district’s April 20 announcement canceling proms and in-person May graduation ceremonies, Superintendent Steve Flores revealed a virtual ceremony will be held for the class of 2020. The virtual ceremony will premiere June 5 at 7 p.m. Students are invited to submit their information for the ceremony, and videos from the graduation will be available to download and share online. For more information, click here.

  3. When and where to pick up senior caps and gowns

    With graduation just around the corner, senior cap and gown pickups will be administered via drive-thru services. Drive-thru operations require parents and students to remain in their cars, with company representatives performing no-contact services. Stony Point High School and Cedar Ridge High School hosted theirs May 4 and May 5, respectively, with Round Rock High School scheduled for May 6. Per a May 8 Stony Point High School email, seniors can also pick up their caps and gowns on May 11 from 4-6 p.m. at Stony Point High School, as well as retrieve senior yard signs, academic cords and stoles or return textbooks and library materials. A make-up day for cap and gown pickup is scheduled for May 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Round Rock High School. For more information, click here.

  4. How GPAs will be calculated

    Grade-point averages, class rankings, valedictorian and salutatorian statuses, and the top 10% of students were determined based on first-semester earnings, RRISD district officials confirmed April 30. The first semester of the 2019-20 academic year ended Dec. 19. For more information, click here.

  5. How to receive a transcript


    For students looking to access their high school transcripts, district officials recommend students contact their high school campus’s registrar office for form information. Standard processing includes a $3 fee and can take between 24-48 hours to complete, but some campuses have waived costs during the coronavirus pandemic and anticipate longer turnaround times. For more information, click here.

  6. How to get a commencement photo taken

    Students will still have the opportunity to capture their high school graduation, with professional photographers scheduled to be on hand at RRISD’s in-person commencement walks. The commencement walks are scheduled for May 18-23 at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. For more information, click here.

  7. How to receive counseling services, as needed

    Amid the coronavirus crisis, RRISD has seen an 81% increase in students receiving virtual counseling services since the start of spring break. District staff encourages students to reach out to their designated RRISD counselors, who will work with them on their individual needs and requirements. Counselors are also available to talk with parents over the phone to discuss concerns regarding their child. For more information, click here.

  8. Learn who was selected as valedictorian, salutatorian

    While in-person schooling has been canceled for the duration of the academic year, RRISD high school principals still made sure to honor the class of 2020’s valedictorians and salutatorians in person. The district announced its top two students at each high school campus in a May 1 district video. Fore more information, click here.



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