District staff and principals have been working together to plan a memorable graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021. Because we anticipate COVID-19 continuing to be a concern, we believe that holding graduation outside at Gupton Stadium is our best option for a “normal” ceremony. Below you will find details regarding ceremony dates, location, number of guests, health protocols, recommended attire, and much more!
Thursday, May 27, 2021
- Vandegrift High School: 8–10 a.m. | VHS Video & VHS Photo Gallery
- New Hope High School: 12 – 1 p.m.
- Leander High School: 8–10 p.m. | LHS Video & LHS Photo Gallery
Friday, May 28, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
- Glenn High School: 8–10 a.m. | GHS Video & GHS Photo Gallery
- Vista Ridge High School (revised schedule): 3–5 p.m. | VRHS Video & VRHS Photo Gallery
- Cedar Park High School: 8–10 p.m. | CPHS Video & CPHS Photo Gallery
Inclement Weather Plan
We have scheduled graduation times to take advantage of cooler temperatures in the morning and evening; however, in the event of inclement weather, we may have to delay or postpone a graduation ceremony to a later start time during the same day or postpone it to another day. It is our intent to complete all of our high school graduation ceremonies, and our schedule was created to provide as much flexibility as possible to complete each ceremony.
In the event of inclement weather, the optimum solution would be to delay graduation and try to complete the graduation on the same day. This will be difficult for evening graduations, and most likely the graduation will be postponed to the next day. Morning graduations may be delayed up to 4 p.m. and will not start after 4 p.m. on the same day. Evening graduations may be delayed for one or two hours, but it is preferable not to start after 9 p.m. We have reserved all of our graduation equipment through Monday, May 31. Therefore, Monday, May 31 will be the last opportunity to host a graduation, if we are not able to complete a graduation May 27-29. We will not hold a graduation on Sunday, May 30. If multiple school graduations are delayed or canceled, district staff will work closely with campus staff to find the best time to start during a delay or postponement. We will communicate quickly and regularly if there are any changes to the schedule
All graduation ceremonies* will be held at Gupton Stadium, 200 Gupton Way Dr., Cedar Park, TX 78613
* New Hope High School graduation ceremony will be held the Vista Ridge High School Auditorium (12 – 1 p.m.)
Graduation ceremonies will be held in a full traditional format. Students will participate in a traditional processional and recessional as they enter and exit the stadium. Students will be seated on the stadium floor during the ceremony and presented with their diploma by the campus principal. Pictures will be taken during the ceremony.
Graduation Live Stream
Each graduation ceremony will be live-streamed. The live stream information will be posted to the district website closer to the events.
Wristband Entry Only
To ensure proper social distancing, the district will limit the number of guests per graduate. Each graduate will receive ten (10) wristbands. Children above the age of 3 will be required to have a wrist band. Each campus will be communicating independently the date and time graduates can pick up their wristbands. We strongly encourage these wristbands to be used for immediate family members living in the same household and/or divorced or separated families. Each ticket will include acknowledgment of our health pre-screen that each graduate and guest must complete prior to attending the ceremony (details listed below).
All guests over 3 years of age must have a wristband to enter the stadium. Lost wristbands will not be replaced. There will be no will call or wristband distribution at the stadium prior to the ceremony. Once graduates and guests enter the stadium, there will be no re-entry.
All participating graduates and attending family members are required to self-screen for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19. This must be done prior to attending a Leander ISD graduation ceremony.
Please answer ALL below questions, ALL answers must be “NO” to attend:
- Have you recently had any contact with anyone that is/has tested positive for COVID-19?
- Do you have a new or worsening cough or shortening of breath/difficulty breathing?
- Do you currently have a fever or have had one in the past 72 hours? (greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Do you have 2 or more of the following:
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 if exposure to the active confirmed case occurred within the last 14 days
Those who answer “YES” to any of these signs or symptoms must exclude themselves from the ceremony. By attending this ceremony, you are attesting that you confidently answered “NO” to ALL of the above questions and have a very low risk of carrying or spreading COVID-19.
Parking on Designated Side
Graduates and their guests are encouraged to ride together in as few vehicles as possible to help assist with traffic flow and parking lot space at Gupton Stadium. Vehicles will have designated parking entrances based on the alpha of the graduate’s last name. Handicap parking is available on both the home and visitor sides. Details regarding the specific parking lots assigned will be sent out by each campus.
Stadium Entry on Designated Side
Guests will enter the stadium using the nearest entrance to their parked vehicle. Four entrances to the stadium will be available. All graduates will proceed to the South end zone for processional staging. Details regarding designated parking lots and entrances will be communicated by each campus.
Gupton Stadium will open one hour prior to the ceremony start time. Graduates will report to the processional staging area (see Graduation Parking Map) at a time designated by the individual campus.
Graduates will be provided a water bottle under their chairs for the ceremony. NO outside food or drinks will be allowed into the stadium. Water will be available upon request.
Seats in the stadium will be marked to allow for proper social distancing. We ask that all guests sit only in the marked areas. Guests are welcome to bring stadium seats or chair backs provided the seat does not have any pockets or zippers. Handicap seating is available on both the home and visitor sides.
Graduates will be seated on the field for the ceremony. Each seat will be spaced apart to allow for proper social distancing.
There will be an ASL interpreter at the graduation ceremonies. If you are in need of this service, please contact your student’s campus and they will ensure you are seated on the proper side.
To comply with Leander ISD stadium rules and regulations, the clear bag policy will be in effect for all graduation ceremonies. Small clutch purses, with or without a handle or strap, no larger than a hand are permitted. Any non-clear bags larger will not be permitted. Cameras or binoculars are welcome but cases for these items are not permitted. All bags will be inspected upon entry. All students will be expected to comply with the same standards and will be checked to ensure no prohibited items are brought into the stadium.
- Weapons (concealed and open carry prohibited)
- Alcohol or tobacco
- Airborne material or devices (ex. drones)
- Outside food or drinks, other than water
- Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks
- Umbrellas larger than 12” in length
- Wrapped Gifts
- Banners and/or flags
- Signs are limited to a poster board size, 22”x28” – the sign must not obstruct the view of the stage for other guests
- Laser Pointers
- Noisemakers (air horns, whistles, rattlers, cowbells, thunder sticks, etc.)
*Update* Masks will be optional for outdoor graduation ceremonies at Gupton Stadium.
Leander ISD will provide hand sanitizer at each entrance and in key areas throughout the stadium.
A first aid station will be onsite for any graduate or guest that needs medical assistance.
Should a guest need water, please visit the nearest entrance and request more from stadium staff. Concession stands will not be open.
Guest Recommended Attire
Dress comfortably and appropriately for the temperature and humidity.
Graduate Recommended Attire
Graduates are required to bring their cap, gown, and a mask with them to the ceremony. Heels are not allowed on the turf field. Graduates are encouraged to not bring any belongings with them other than their cap, gown, and mask. Caps may be decorated on top only. Any images or messages should be appropriate and fall within the Leander ISD Student Code of Conduct. All graduates will be checked to ensure compliance with the graduation attire requirements.
Photo Texas Photography will be on site for all graduation ceremonies.
After the Ceremony
Graduates will be asked to exit the stadium during the recessional. Guests will remain in the stands until the graduates have exited the stadium and will not be allowed on the field after the ceremony. Guests will exit the side they entered and should proceed directly to their vehicles. We ask that guests and graduates refrain from congregating in the parking lot.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your campus directly.