Lewisville ISD announced Feb. 22 that it will cancel proms at all high schools after failing to secure adequate venues. High school graduation ceremonies will also be moved to a new location at The Star in Frisco, the district said.
“As the campuses explored options, it became clear hotels and other venues are unable to meet capacity requirements for the events,” the district said in a message to students. “Despite all the challenges, our high schools are working to give seniors an alternative and memorable experience while also adhering to social distancing procedures and health guidelines.”
Schools will soon provide additional details on alternatives to prom, the district said.
District officials switched the graduation venue to The Star in Frisco after it became clear that their previous venue, the University of North Texas, would not be an option. The reasons were related to pandemic-related restrictions, the district said.
“The Ford Center at The Star allows us to safely hold commencement and is available on dates that work best for LISD,” the district said. “Seating for guests may be limited and your campus will communicate further as more information becomes available.”
The plans represent a move back toward a more traditional commencement environment than the district held in the first year of the pandemic.
The class of 2020 graduated at Texas Motor Speedway, where their families and friends watched them graduate from their vehicles. Video of last year's graduation ceremonies was broadcast on the stadium's 12-story video board, "Big Hoss," and families could tune into audio from their radios.
The class of 2021 will graduate from the Ford Center at The Star, a 12,000-seat indoor football practice facility used by the Dallas Cowboys.
Here is the address and the new scheduled times for each ceremony.
Ford Center at The Star
9 Cowboys Way, Frisco
9 a.m., Marcus High School
1 p.m., Hebron High School
5 p.m., Flower Mound High School
1 p.m., Lewisville High School
2 p.m., The Colony High School