June 9, 2020
Cypress Park High School held its first commencement ceremony June 6 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. In addition to the Tigers, Bridgeland High School also celebrating its first class of graduating seniors. They were among the more than 8,700 seniors to walk across the stage at 12 CFISD graduations held June 1-6.
June 9, 2020—The 12 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD graduation ceremonies held at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium from June 1-6 produced a total of 8,703 graduating seniors for the Class of 2020. They included the first-ever commencement exercises for Cypress Park High School, which opened in 2016 with only ninth grade students, and Bridgeland High School, which opened the following year.
Safety measures were put in place to meet specific health standards, including signage to encourage social distancing among graduating seniors and guests and additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the stadium and Berry Center. All individuals were screened upon entry for signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, and each graduate was limited to a maximum of four guests. Graduates were also provided a mask displaying their respective school logo.
Cypress Woods High School senior Collin Bass gives the opening remarks during the school’s graduation, held June 5 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. Bass was among the 850 Wildcats from the Class of 2020 to walk across the stage.
In addition, CFISD and Berry Center personnel sanitized the entire complex following each graduation ceremony.
Among the safety measures put in place were providing each graduating senior a mask with his or her respective school logo. Increased signage encouraged social distancing and additional hand sanitizer dispensers were available throughout Cy-Fair FCU Stadium and the Berry Center.
Each commencement exercise was highlighted by remarks and addresses from each campus principal and student representatives from every graduating class. Selected representatives also led the Pledge of Allegiance and performed the national anthem.
In addition to the nearly 35,000 guests who attended the commencements at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, a record number of others watched the graduation ceremonies through livestreaming on the CFISD Livestream account.
Cypress Lakes High School Principal Sarah Harty, right, presents the 811 candidates for graduation from the school to Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, on June 3 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. Dr. Henry followed by confirming the graduates. More than 8,700 seniors walked across the stage at 12 CFISD graduations held June 1-6.
The livestream generated 135,574 total views from all 50 states and Washington D.C., and 154 different countries as of June 7. Combined with more than 23,363 views on the CFISD YouTube page, total streams amounted to nearly 159,000 views.
The 2019-2020 school year marked the 13th year for graduation ceremonies to be streamed live for the public.
Graduating seniors were seated six feet apart during the commencement exercises, while guests sat in blocks of four on every other row at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium to encourage social distancing.