Richardson ISD planning in-person graduation ceremonies for late May

RISD graduate.
Richardson ISD will hold in-person graduation ceremonies this year with limit capacity in the stadiums. (Courtesy Richardson ISD)

Richardson ISD will hold in-person graduation ceremonies this year with limit capacity in the stadiums. (Courtesy Richardson ISD)

Richardson ISD plans to hold four in-person graduation ceremonies for its high school graduates in district stadiums at the end of May.

Graduates from Richardson High School, J.J. Pearce High School, Lake Highlands High School and Berkner STEM Academy will be able to invite a limited number of guests to the ceremonies, district staff said, though an exact number has not yet been decided. The high schools are also planning alternate prom events and additional senior celebrations before the end of the school year, RISD Superintendent Jeannie Stone said in a March 25 video message.


“Our principals have been hard at work to ensure that our last nine weeks of school are full of memorable experiences,” Stone said in the video. “RISD seniors will soon be receiving a packet including lots of fun things, such as their yard signs, and invitations to senior celebrations that will take place throughout the remainder of the school year.”

Richardson High’s graduation ceremony will be at 8 a.m. on May 29 in Eagle-Mustang Stadium at 1250 Belt Line Road, Richardson. J.J. Pearce High’s ceremony will be May 29 at 8 p.m. in the same location. Berkner STEM Academy’s graduation ceremony will then be at 8 a.m. on May 30 in Ram-Wildcat Stadium at 9449 Church Road, Dallas. Lake Highland High’s ceremony will be May 30 at 8 p.m. in the same location.

Stadium capacity will be limited to 75% at each ceremony, district staff said, and masks will be required for all who attend.
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.