Richardson ISD reconsiders virtual graduation option

Richardson ISD is exploring ways to hold an in-person graduation ceremony. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Richardson ISD is exploring ways to hold an in-person graduation ceremony. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Richardson ISD is exploring ways to hold an in-person graduation ceremony. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Richardson ISD is reconsidering its plans to hold a virtual graduation ceremony, Superintendent Jeannie Stone said.

The district had previously announced it would hold a virtual ceremony May 30, followed by a possible in-person ceremony July 20 if state and county orders reinstated large gatherings.

On Friday, May 1, the district sent out a survey to students and parents to gather feedback on the virtual option. Over 2,000 responses have been submitted as of May 4.

Student feedback on the virtual graduation has not been positive, Stone said.

“A virtual graduation is just not special enough for them, and now [that] there is a possibility for an in-person, they would rather wait to have that this summer,” Stone said.


The district is taking this feedback and looking into other possibilities, Stone told the board at its May 4 meeting.

“Rather than just holding fast, we believe there may be the opportunity to do something creative,” Stone said.

The district will continue to look to guidance from the state and the county as it considers its options, Stone said. She expects to have more information that will help the district make a decision in the coming days.

“This week will have a lot of good information that we can move on,” Stone said.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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