With several options in the works, graduation ceremonies will still occur for Frisco ISD seniors

Superintendent Mike Waldrip updated the district board of trustees during an April 7 meeting via video conference. (Courtesy Frisco ISD)
Superintendent Mike Waldrip updated the district board of trustees during an April 7 meeting via video conference. (Courtesy Frisco ISD)

Superintendent Mike Waldrip updated the district board of trustees during an April 7 meeting via video conference. (Courtesy Frisco ISD)

Drive-thru graduation ceremonies are among the options Frisco ISD is considering for its graduating senior class, according to Superintendent Mike Waldrip.

He updated the board of trustees at an April 7 meeting with three possible plans for graduation.

Plan A moves forward with 10 normal graduation ceremonies on their scheduled dates, Waldrip said at the meeting. This plan would occur should FISD return to school on May 4 and finish out the school year.

In-person classes for FISD schools are suspended through May 1 following action by Gov. Greg Abbott for all public schools due to the coronavirus outbreak.

If schools continue to be closed further into May or through the rest of the school year, Plan B is a drive-thru graduation with social distancing measures in place at each high school, Waldrip said.


“We’re still working through the details,” he said during the meeting.

If the plan for drive-thru graduation ceremonies falls through, Plan C involves a virtual graduation ceremony for each high school, Waldrip said.

Waldrip said no matter the plan, valedictorian and salutatorian speeches and a principal address will still occur. Opportunities for families to be involved will still be possible to an extent, he said.

“We’ll try to make it the best situation we can for seniors,” Waldrip said. “I just want to put everyone’s mind at ease. I think everybody wants to do something for the seniors, and we know that it’s been a very difficult year for that set of students in particular.”
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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