HCISD seniors to graduate in virtual time

HARLINGEN — Tonight’s the night.

The students at Early College High School have worked hard these many years to reach tonight’s event, graduation. But they won’t be walking across a stage. The Harlingen school district will live-stream the whole ceremony, complete with pictures and video taped speeches.

The same arrangement will take place for the commencement ceremonies for Harlingen High School, Harlingen High School South and Harlingen School of Health Professions.

“We’re going to be streaming those on our YouTube channel and Facebook page,” said Shane Strubhart, spokesperson for the district.

The ECHS ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., but come early.

“We’re going to start the streaming 15 minutes early so that people can get all of their technology set up so they can be prepared for the event to begin,” Strubhart said. “We have special instructions on how to broadcast it to your television on our graduation page.”

Setting all this up took some considerable effort by many people.

“The campuses have been working very hard in reaching out to all of the students,” Strubhart said. “We’re fortunate to already have a yearbook photo. When the students’ names are announced, their yearbook photos will be on display.”

But that’s not all.

“We’ve had hundreds of students send in additional photos,” Strubhart said. “Those students that sent in additional photos, when their names are announced, they will see not only their yearbook photos but additional photos they provided.”

The district has worked to accommodate more than 1,000 students during this unique end-of-year experience.

“It has been quite an undertaking, but it has been a primary focus of our public relations department to ensure that everything goes smoothly,” Strubhart said. “Most importantly, we don’t want to forget anybody or have anybody not recognized. So all of the speeches have been recorded and the videos have been put together.”

Visitors can find instructions on the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District’s Facebook page. Click on #HCISDgrad20 to learn more about the graduation ceremonies. Visitors to that page can also find the link to the district’s YouTube channel.

GRADUATIONS FOR THE HARLINGEN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Early College High School Virtual Graduation – May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Harlingen High School South Virtual Graduation – May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Harlingen School of Health Professions Virtual Graduation – May 23 at 12:30 p.m.

Harlingen High School Virtual Graduation – May 23 at 7:30 p.m.