Graduation ceremonies

Graduation venue change

Per the Texas Rangers organization, all ceremonies will now take place at Globe Life Field, not Globe Life Park. We know this is more than an inconvenience to our graduates and their families.

Because Globe Life Park is not climate-controlled, temperatures outside are magnified by about 50-70 degrees on the turf, where students would have been seated during the ceremony. Globe Life Field is climate-controlled, and the Rangers have rearranged event schedules so that we have a safe and comfortable graduation for all attendees.

Our sincere apologies for the change. We tried originally and fought hard to be at Globe Life Field, knowing what Texas weather is like in June. They could not accommodate us there at the time due to conflicts with baseball.

We share your frustration. We are thankful, however, that the Rangers have moved us, and we will be able to keep our graduates and our families safe and in an air-conditioned facility for graduation.

These have been trying times for all, and especially the resilient class of 2020, but you can’t keep a great class or Garland ISD down!

For the safety of all attendees, Globe Life Park is moving graduation due to anticipated high temperatures next week. Please see the statement below from Texas Rangers:

With the dangerous heat forecast for next week in North Texas, the Rangers and local public safety officials recommended moving the graduations from outside at Globe Life Park into a climate controlled environment at Globe Life Field. The Rangers sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that change might cause for the Garland ISD administration, staff, students and families.

 The Rangers organization has rearranged its event schedules to accommodate our graduations to assure a safe and comfortable venue.

Please note that graduation details are subject to change based on guidelines from local, state and federal authoritiesWe understand this ever-changing situation is challenging. Our focus is on celebrating our graduates with a meaningful event that honors their accomplishments in the safest way possible.

Graduation event details

Below you will find general information about the 2020 graduation ceremonies. Please be sure to also check your campus website daily leading up to graduation for updates and details specific to your school. 

Revised schedule 

DateTimeSchools
Tuesday, June 92:30 p.m.Garland High School
Thursday, June 112:30 p.m.South Garland High School
7:30 p.m.Sachse High School
Friday, June 122:30 p.m.Lakeview Centennial High School
Saturday, June 138 a.m.North Garland High School
NoonRowlett High School
Sunday, June 148 a.m.Naaman Forest High School
NoonMemorial Pathway Academy

Tickets

All graduates will receive one ticket for themselves and five additional assigned-seat tickets for family. Everyone, including graduates and infants, must have a ticket to enter Globe Life Field.

No tickets will be distributed at Globe Life Field.  See your campus website for ticket pickup information.

Graduate dress code

  • Graduates must be in their caps and gowns with any regalia prior to the ceremony
  • Students may not decorate their graduation caps
  • No shorts
  • Sunglasses are allowed, except for during photos
  • Flat bottom shoes ONLY (no flip flops or high heels)
  • Ties are not required
  • No outside items or bags will be allowed. See below for prohibited items.
  • We highly encourage everyone to wear cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth while inside the facility, except when photos are taken. 

2020 Graduation Mask Challenge

We strongly encourage all graduation attendees to wear masks, so let's have fun!

  • Show off school spirit or your future college or military plans
  • Wear matching masks with your friends and family
  • Use meaningful personal decorations

Note: The decoration challenge only applies to masks.
Decorative masks with school logos

Directions to the venue

All ceremonies will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, located at 734 Stadium Drive. Students should ride with their families to the ceremony. 

Get directions to the field  

If you need help accessing transportation, contact your campus or see the links below:

Parking Map for Globe Life FieldParking

Parking lots are named by letters and models of Toyota automobiles.

All students and parents will park in lot R (Tacoma). 

There will be no fees for graduation parking or the ceremony. 

Rules and protocols

  • All graduates and guests, including infants, must have a ticket to be admitted.
  • No outside items or bags will be allowed. See below for prohibited items.
  • We highly encourage everyone to wear cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth while inside the facility, except when photos are taken. 
  • No items will be distributed to guests and there will be no concessions. 

  • No congregating will be allowed before or after the ceremony. 

  • Globe Life Field guidelines require social distancing.  All graduates and attendees will be seated six feet apart.

  • No rehearsals will be held since graduates may only be brought together once.  It is important that graduates view the ceremony procedures on their campus website and check it for updates and details.
  • The use of hand sanitizer and face/mouth coverings are strongly recommended. There will be hand sanitizer stations at the entrance and staff will clean seats in between ceremonies. All best practices listed in the TEA graduation guidelines will be followed.
  • District employees at the ceremony will be limited to the minimum needed to support the ceremony and will be in compliance with all requirements.
  • Specific plans will be developed for arrivals and departures to ensure appropriate social distancing.
  • Guests with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed into the graduation ceremony.
  • No congregating will be allowed before or after the ceremony. 

Prohibited items

  • No bags, umbrellas, or coolers are allowed. Only medical bags for diabetes care, ostomy care, respirators, etc.  and diaper bags for parents with children are allowed.

  • No food or beverages are allowed, but guests are allowed one pre-sealed bottle of water per guest.

  • No weapons of any kind, including pocket knives.

  • No tobacco, alcohol, or fireworks.

  • No monopods and tripods.

  • No gift bags, wrapped gifts, balloons, flowers, beach balls, Frisbees, bubbles, silly string, glitter, confetti, birdseed, streamers, or laser pens.

  • No pets/animals.

  • No posters, signs, banners or placards.

  • No bullhorns, air horns, or any artificial noisemakers.

During the ceremony

Arrival

  • Guests and graduates will be allowed to enter one hour before the start of the ceremony. Tickets will be checked upon arrival.
  • Before entering, graduates and guests will be screened for any signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19 and by a metal detector. 
  • Graduates will enter the stadium through the VIP gate across from lot A (Supra) with their student admission ticket. Graduates need to be dressed in non-decorated caps and gowns with any regalia prior to entering.
  • Graduates with ADA-specific needs should notify Globe Life Park staff upon arrival for elevator usage.
  • Graduates will have assigned seats in the lower concourse, sections 1–26.
  • Families will enter the stadium through the Toyota Southwest gate across from lot R (Tacoma) with assigned-seat tickets. Groups of five will be seated six feet apart.
  • Guests will be able to view everything from the jumbotron. 

During

  • Graduates will have assigned seating and will be honored in rank order as well as alphabetically. 
  • There will not be a formal stage, but students will walk across in front of the podium on the field and receive diplomas.
  • There will not be any handshaking due to social distancing. 
  • Photos will be taken on the walkway near the podium and in the photography tent with diploma covers. 
  • Diplomas will be given to graduates in the photography tent. Staff who hand out diplomas will be wearing gloves as required by the Texas Education Agency guidelines for Graduation 2020. 

End and departure

  • At the end of the ceremony, students will be able to participate in the traditional hat toss. 
  • Dismissal will be by section and announced over the intercom. All graduates and families will be instructed to leave immediately and meet at their cars.
  • All gates will be opened to alleviate crowding near exits.
  • NO gathering is allowed inside the park; please meet your party at your vehicle.

Frequently asked questions

If you have questions that haven't been covered after reviewing the information on this page, please contact your campus principal.

Why did you change from Globe Life Park to Globe Life Field?

Globe Life Park is not climate-controlled. Temperatures outside are magnified by about 50 degrees on the turf. Globe Life Field is climate-controlled and the heat will not be an issue there.

Why didn't we schedule the ceremonies at Globe Life Field originally?

At the time, there were no available options for our ceremonies.  Rangers venue officials have now rearranged their event schedule for us to ensure the safety of everyone.

What if there is bad weather?

This won't be an issue. Globe Life Field is climate-controlled, and the roof can be closed.

Why are we only still only receiving five tickets when the new venue is bigger?

The City of Arlington rules remain the same. The Arlington fire marshal is interpreting TEA graduation guidelines to mean that each graduate is limited to five tickets per household for the ceremony.

Show support for our seniors

Join us in celebrating the Class of 2020 with personalized school graphics for use in photo collages on social media.