Middle College HS at Fraga Class of 2020
Graduation - Stage Clips
Remembering Class 2020 Message from Dr. Lathan
Message from Dr. Grenita F. Lathan, HISD Interim Superintendent
Dear Team HISD:
The district has been working diligently to celebrate our Class of 2020 graduates, while ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. While it was a difficult decision, we have decided to facilitate all high school graduation ceremonies for our 11,000 seniors virtually.
Considering current challenges surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis, we believe virtual graduations are the safest option. The virtual ceremonies will begin on June 14.
For our seniors, graduation marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in each of their lives, and they deserve an unforgettable, historic sendoff. I am so proud of their accomplishments and the strength they have shown through this unique challenge.
While the graduations will take place virtually, seniors will have an additional opportunity to celebrate with their fellow graduates, if they so choose, during a citywide celebration on June 5, hosted by Mayor Sylvester Turner. This citywide celebration will take place outdoors at school campuses following strict safety measures.
Details on HISD’s plans for virtual graduations and the citywide celebration are below.
HISD Virtual Graduations – Beginning June 14
HISD is partnering with Herff Jones – in collaboration with graduation technology partners StageClip and MarchingOrder – to host exclusive virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.
The virtual ceremonies will go live online on Sunday, June 14. Each virtual ceremony will include recorded messages from the superintendent and other district officials, as well as audio of each student’s name as their personalized slide is displayed.
Seniors will soon be contacted by their schools with direction on how the information will be collected prior to the final celebration. Each graduate will also receive their own personalized content as a gift from the school to share on social media with family and friends.
Virtual graduations will allow students to celebrate their milestones with family and friends while protecting their health and safety. They also provide the opportunity for graduates’ guests to remotely view the graduation on multiple locations. The virtual celebrations may also be shared on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Citywide Graduation Celebration – June 5
On Friday, June 5, our seniors will be invited to return to campuses in their caps and gowns for simultaneous citywide celebrations.
IMPORTANT: The citywide event is for our seniors and faculty only in order to manage social distancing practices. Also, please know that the citywide celebration is optional, and participation is not required.Graduates will gather outdoors on a football field, lawn, or in the stands. Social distancing will be enforced, and masks will be provided – and required – in order to protect the health and well-being of students and staff.
Details are still being finalized by city officials, but the celebration might include elements such as students simultaneously singing a popular song and viewing pre-recorded messages by celebrities.
Students will receive more detailed instructions from campuses on how to participate in the celebration. Students may also monitor the city’s website for additional information as it becomes available at www.visithoustontexas.com/houston-2020-seniors/.
The decision to hold virtual graduation ceremonies has been perhaps the most difficult decision I have ever confronted as the district leader. However, I know that our amazing graduates will look back on these celebrations knowing that each of them was a part of history.
We will never forget the historic class of 2020.
Grenita F. Lathan, Ph.D.
HISD Interim Superintendent
Senior Check-Out List - Class of 2020
(Individual Senior Check-Out google form was sent to you on Friday, May 22)
- Registrar’s Office : Ms. Sullivan, _______________________________
____ Check that you have fulfilled all of the graduation requirements (Grad Lab, Courses, etc).
____ Signed PGP on file
____ Final Transcript Request through Naviance (to their home or to their college)
- College Center: Mr. Horne, ____________________________________
____ Naviance Graduation Survey (Click here for Survey)
____ Contact info updated with name, phone number, and permanent address (Complete Survey).
____ If you are 18 or older indicate name of parent/guardian who may pick up your diploma in your absence (on Survey)
____ Apply Texas Completed / at least to one college/university
____ Completed FAFSA/TAFSA
____ Submission of all award letters & acceptances
- Senior Dues $45: Ms. Uresti, ________________________________________
Link to School Pay - Pay Online - https://houstonisd.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Class-Of-2020-Senior-Fees-4500/SbnPaBO
____ Includes: Cap & Gown; Diploma & Diploma Cover.
- Virtual Graduation Picture: Ms. Hoang, _________________________________
Seniors Graduation Presentation https://forms.gle/k1CkqAWP79XRdrLL6
____ Upload your Graduation Picture
- Technology (Power Up): Ms. Cooper and/or Ms. Hoang, ___________________________________
Senior Laptop Collection – May 27th – 29th https://forms.gle/3o8Ng2PSEuimjJ9p6
- Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day-Holiday.
____ Laptop, hotspot, charger and case.