This year's commencement ceremony for Leadership Prep School will be a new experience for all involved, as it is the first in the institution’s history.

The Frisco charter school began offering 12th grade classes in the 2019-2020 school year after first opening in 2011. Secondary campus Principal Audra Floyd said the school’s 60 graduates will take part in an outdoor ceremony May 29 in the parking lot that LPS shares with Elevate Life Church. Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney will serve as commencement speaker.

“The plan from the state says that we just have to make sure that there was a very well laid out plan with social distancing,” Floyd said. “We will get that going and set chairs apart, probably eight feet so there's plenty of room around them.”

Floyd said masks and gloves will be optional for the students, as the ceremony will be contactless.

“We're going to have somebody with gloves put their diploma up on a table, and they'll walk by and grab it,” she said. “So they won't be around anybody to where they would have to wear a mask.”

The number of guests that can be invited by graduates is likely to be limited, Floyd said, though that number has not yet been determined. Frisco ISD announced last week that its graduates will each receive a set number of tickets for their high school's planned ceremony at Toyota Stadium.

Before settling on the outdoor ceremony, Floyd said LPS was considering filming each graduate walking across the stage individually and then showing that as a sort of “drive-in movie.”

“They were semi-excited about that because then they would have at least been able to see each other,” she said of the students. “But I think this is as close to the real thing as we can get. They're excited to have something normal for their senior year.”