AUSTIN, Texas — Graduating seniors might have the chance to have their shining moment walking across a stage to get their diplomas in May and June.
Mitch Roberts, founder and CEO of EVO Entertainment, said every graduate should celebrate their hard work, which is why his company is offering free drive-in graduations for any school.
"I think for me, just the idea of going through four years of work and putting in all that work and not being able to celebrate that with your family and loved ones, sounded like a devastating moment," Roberts said.
A couple of EVO's locations will be doing this, including its Kyle location, which recently opened up its movie theater.
Some Central Texas schools are sticking with their plans, like Austin ISD and Leander ISD. AISD has its virtual graduation on June 15 and 16 with an in-person graduation scheduled for August. Leander ISD is postponing graduations until July.
Georgetown ISD said a stadium ceremony is possible as early as June 1.
"I was encouraged by the governor’s press conference today, which included guidance from TEA Commissioner Mike Morath on graduation ceremonies. It’s becoming more likely that a stadium ceremony is possible as early as June 1, with very specific conditions in place like participant screening and appropriate social distancing. District staff are carefully reviewing our options now, and we are encouraged and hopeful," according to a statement.
Del Valle ISD announced to seniors and parents Wednesday they will continue with their virtual graduation. Their statement says:
"Though you may have heard that the governors’ office is allowing outdoor graduations after June 1, this comes with many rigorous requirements. Gov. Abbott also stated that this guidance is subject to change as underlying public health conditions change. Due to these multiple unknown factors and in the best interest of our students and families, Del Valle High School will continue to move forward with a virtual graduation on June 6. As the number of COVID-19 cases in Travis County continues to increase, a virtual ceremony ensures our ability to prioritize the safety and health of our students, families, and staff, while still allowing for in-person graduation at Texas State on Aug. 9 or 10."
Roberts said EVO Entertainment's offer goes out to any school and hopes they'll consider it for their special day.
"I've been there. I remember how important my high school graduation was. I don't want any kids, or as many as we can help, to have to miss out on that," said Roberts.
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