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CHS Graduation Exercises Set for May 31 at Globe Life Field

The graduation ceremony honoring the Cleburne High School Class of 2020 will take place Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. at Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers Ball Club.

                Representatives with the Texas Rangers contacted Cleburne ISD officials Friday morning of the availability of the facility as a graduation venue. Seating capacity in the ballpark will accommodate the graduates and the anticipated audience in attendance, while complying with safety and social distancing guidelines currently in place.

                “Following discussion with our Board of Trustees and high school administrators, the decision was made to provide the most engaging and memorable ceremony possible for our seniors in having graduation at Globe Life Field,” Superintendent Dr. Kyle Heath said. “We are very excited to have this opportunity available to our Class of 2020.”

                The graduates will travel by school bus to Arlington, utilizing social distancing guidelines. The 402 class members will be seated six feet apart in the stadium’s lower level, along with teachers accompanying them. The diploma presentation will take place on the field.

                Family members and guests will view the ceremony from the main concourse, which will accommodate 3,000 utilizing the social distancing designated seating in place. The upper level concourse will seat an additional 2,000 with social distancing. The Texas Rangers have waived stadium parking fees for those attending. The event will be livestreamed over the CISD website.

                Seniors will provide high school administrators with ticket requests, with guests to receive an assigned numbered seat, following COVID-19 guidelines put in place by Texas Rangers management. This will be included in the detailed information going out to seniors and parents/guardians. 

                The plan for 2020 graduation ceremonies at Globe Life Field is the second one to be presented to seniors and parents. The initial plan was for an in-person graduation in small groupings to be held over two days at the Jeff D. Cody Arena. 

                “The idea we had was based on all the guidelines and challenges required in having an in-person event and allowing some family members in attendance,” Heath said. “We are very grateful for our city and county officials in approving that proposal and to our high school administrators who devoted an enormous amount of time in crafting the plan. The goal and desire of everyone involved was to give our seniors the best ceremony possible, while staying in compliance with health and safety standards.”

“Having the ceremony in a venue of the size of Globe Life Field will allow us to have a traditional graduation program, while accommodating the anticipated audience, with social distancing factored in,” Heath said. “This will be a great venue for the Class of 2020 and a true once in a lifetime opportunity for the graduates and family members. Our seniors have faced so many disappointments, with the closing of school and the canceling of sporting events, competitions and end of the year banquets and recognitions, all due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. They have stayed the course in finishing out their academic year as distance learners, and shown a lot of resilience and optimism. Their reactions to the adversities of recent months have shown they are ready for what lies ahead in beginning a new chapter in their lives. They are remarkable and deserve a remarkable graduation. We are very proud of these Jackets.”