Graduation ceremonies

School Date Time
Memorial Pathway Academy 05/21/2020 1 p.m.
Sachse High School 05/21/2020 5 p.m.
South Garland High School 05/22/2020 9 a.m.
Rowlett High School 05/22/2020 1 p.m.
Lakeview Centennial High School 05/22/2020 5 p.m.
Naaman Forest High School 05/23/2020 9 a.m.
Garland High School 05/23/2020 1 p.m.
North Garland High School 05/23/2020 5 p.m.
Summer Graduation 08/06/2020 7 p.m.

Live video streaming

Live video streaming of the district’s graduation ceremonies is available during each ceremony from the links below.

2020 Video links

Video links will be added here closer to graduation time.


Graduation ceremonies will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center for all GISD high schools.


  • From North Garland Avenue, turn east onto Naaman Forest Blvd, one block south of George Bush Turnpike.

  • From Lavon Drive (Hwy 78), turn west onto Naaman Forest Blvd.


  • Parking will be available at the Curtis Culwell Center and nearby at Naaman Forest High School.

  • For your convenience, there will be a shuttle from the Naaman Forest High School parking lot to the Curtis Culwell Center entrance.

  • PDF icon Parking Map

Rules for entry


Tickets are required for admission. Graduation tickets are distributed to seniors at their home campus.

Dress code

Appropriate dress is required. Come dressed for the ceremony. No changing facilities will be available.

Food and drinks

No outside food or drink will be allowed. Water, soda and light snacks will be available through the Curtis Culwell Center concessions.

Bag/purse policy

To ensure guest safety and a quicker entry into the facility, the Curtis Culwell Center has implemented a bag policy limiting the size and type allowed at graduation ceremonies.

Types of allowed bags

While the CCC encourages guests not to bring bags if possible, the following are permissible:

  • Clear tote - plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • Plastic storage bag - Clear one (1) gallon, re-sealable
  • Small clutch size - approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap. No larger than 6.5" and 4.5" with or without a handle or strap
  • Medically necessary items

Visit the CCC's Clear Bag Policy page for more details.

Prohibited items

Do not bring items such as:

  • Food or Beverages

  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)

  • Tobacco

  • Alcohol

  • Fireworks

  • Monopods and tripods

  • Flowers purchased outside of the Curtis Culwell Center

  • Gift bags, balloons, beach balls, Frisbees, bubbles, silly string, glitter, confetti, or laser pens

  • Pets/Animals

  • Posters, signs, banners, placards, or mortarboards

  • Bullhorns, air horns, or any artificial noisemakers

  • Glitter, confetti, rice or birdseed

  • Wrapped gifts

  • Umbrellas


The Curtis Culwell Center is a drug and alcohol-free facility – no smoking on premises, including e-cigarettes.

Entrance and seating

The conference center entrance is for graduates only. Guests may enter via the lower level or upper level entrance. There will be no re-entry.

Lower level entrance

The lower level entrance to the facility is on the east side. Enter under the large canopy and then go up the Grand Staircase. Continue on through the Upper Concourse into Arena Seating.

Upper level entrance

The upper level entrance is on the west side of the building close to the handicap parking.


The arena floor is reserved for graduates and approved faculty members only. Guests should sit in the arena seating.

During the Ceremony

Graduation is to be a respectful event. Family and friends should listen quietly to all student and faculty speeches, and refrain from shouting as names are called. Please be respectful of all graduates and their families. Every family wants to hear the name of their graduate as he or she walks across the stage.

After the Ceremony

Due to the tightness of the graduation schedule, please depart the facility promptly and in an orderly fashion after the ceremony. It is requested that you meet your graduate outside of the Curtis Culwell Center following the ceremony.


Flowers purchased outside of the Curtis Culwell Center will not be allowed in the building. Flowers will be available for purchase on-site.

To preorder, find your graduation event on the Curtis Culwell Center Graduation Events webpage and select the Order Flowers link.

Student Arrival

Students will be bused from their home campus to the Curtis Culwell Center. The administrators at the campus will inform the students of the departure time.


Every graduate will be photographed at the ceremony. If you have not received proofs within 2 weeks of the ceremony, please contact Flash Photography directly at 888-325-3930 or at

Personal photos must be taken from your seat in the audience. No monopods or tripods allowed.

Graduation DVDs

Graduation DVDs will be sold on the North Concourse for $30 ($25 + $5 S&H). Curtis Culwell Center accepts cash and credit cards only. No checks.