Andrews High Schools holds in-person graduation at Mustang Bowl

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ANDREWS, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The class of 2020 may have had their year cut short but Friday night they will be able to gather again for the last time as a mustang family to say goodbye.

Students will sit six feet apart from each other during the ceremony.

John Carranco, the Andrews High School Principal said, “We wanted to ensure that we gave our graduates an excellent experience just as we have been able to do for classes prior.”

These Seniors may be gathering at the Mustang Bowl like every prior graduating class but there are still guidelines that must be followed in light of the current situation. Graduates are only allowed to invite four family members, two will sit on the home side and the other two will sit on the away side. The spots on the bleachers have been  marked off with tape.

“Every graduate is placed 6-feet apart, there is ample room, we’ve changed the stage set up from what it has been in the past, there will be no hand shaking. We want to make sure the requirements and everything that they have established as far as insuring the safety of everybody involved is followed,” said Carranco.

Seniors and family members are also asked to park in two different parking lots to ensure there will be no gathering after the ceremony.

“School personnel, we’ll have law enforcement at each entrance to ensure that those that have the tickets are the only ones that are allowed to come in,” said the Principal.

Carranco said this graduating class only has 220 seniors and it played a big part in their decision do to a modified graduation ceremony.

“We are dealing with smaller numbers so that was something that was taken into consideration considering the size of our football stadium and considering all that we have to work with.”

The Principal said they did discuss other options before landing on this but he said with all of the guidelines set in place he feels that it’s a safe thing to do.

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