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Deer Park High School - The Class of 2021 Graduation

Deer Park High School Graduation 2021

May 27, 2021 - 7 p.m. - Clyde Abshier Stadium






  • Arrive in dress code with your cap and gown on
  • Males must be clean shaven
  • Do not decorate your hat
  • Take a picture of your seating assignment printout so that you have it on your phone
  • Double-check your arrival time to confirm if you should enter the visitor or home side


  • Bring your maroon (visitor side) or gold (home side) ticket; tickets are NOT available at the gate, and each guest must have a ticket to enter
  • All six ticket holders must sit together to observe proper social distancing; seating for groups is indicated by blue boxes taped onto the benches
  • Gates open at 6 p.m.


Due to social distancing restrictions, families will not be allowed on the field after graduation. Once the ceremony is completed, graduates will be dismissed, and they can reunite with their families outside the stadium.



Graduates and their families have the opportunity to take photos on the field at Clyde Abshier Stadium from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 28.  Students should enter the field via the home side field access ramp located in the southwest corner of the stadium.



Diploma pick-up will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, June 21, at the DPHS-South Campus front office.  Students or parents must bring a photo ID, and all outstanding student fees must be paid in full.



The graduation video will be available for repeat viewing at www.dpisd.org/graduation/  or www.youtube.com/deerparkisd.



Hundreds of photos from the graduation ceremony will be posted on the Evidence of Excellence Blog at www.dpisd.org/excellence/ in the days following the ceremony.


For more information, read the Graduation FAQ at www.dpisd.org/graduation/.



Class of 2021 Graduation FAQ


REV 05.05.2021


We have prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions document to provide Graduation details for parents, students, and community members.  We have worked hard to provide a ceremony that meets state safety guidelines and honors our seniors and their accomplishments.



Health officials continue to recommend following social distancing guidelines, particularly for large outdoor gatherings. What kinds of safety precautions is the District taking?

Students will be provided a mask when they arrive at graduation, and they must wear their masks as they enter and exit the stadium.  We also encourage guests to wear a mask.


Students will be seated on the field four-six feet apart from each other.  They will enter and exit the stadium in an orderly fashion that complies with social distancing guidelines.


Seating in the stands will also be carefully distributed to comply with distancing guidelines.


Antibacterial dispensers will be provided at stadium entrances, and we will have social distance markings in multiple areas in the stadium. 


The District encourages all spectators to responsibly follow social distancing guidelines.


Anyone experiencing the following new or worsening symptoms or diagnoses cannot participate in the graduation ceremony as a student, guest, or worker:


  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 if exposure to the active confirmed case occurred within the last 14 days


All participants and guests should self-assess before arriving at the stadium and view the live-streaming option at www.dpisd.org/graduation/ if any of these symptoms apply.



Social distancing means there will be less room in the stands.  Will there be a limit to the number of people in attendance?

Yes, each student will receive six (6) graduation tickets for guests, and the guests must sit together. Guests must have a ticket to enter the stadium, and each ticket will admit one guest. 



When can seniors pick up their six tickets?

Graduation tickets will be distributed to each senior on May 17 during all lunch periods. Remote learning students can pick up tickets from the front office beginning at 11 a.m. on May 17.  Each senior’s personalized seating assignment and map will be included with the tickets.  Each senior must present a student ID or driver’s license to pick up his/her tickets.



Will seating be open?  Can I sit where I want?

Tickets will be color-coded, with gold ticket holders sitting on the home side and maroon ticket holders sitting on the visitor side.  Families will be assigned tickets based on the side of the field on which their child is seated for graduation.


Seating on stadium rows will be designated by large rectangles of blue tape, and the rectangles will be spaced six feet apart in compliance with social distancing guidelines.  Every other row will be closed to provide safe space between guests.



If I’m not using my tickets, can I give them to someone else?

Safe distancing seating is planned based on groups of six (each senior receives six tickets).  Thus, we ask that you not give spare tickets to others because we will not have single or two-person seating options available.



What time do the gates open?

The gates to the stadium will open at 6 p.m.



What time should my senior arrive at graduation?

Seniors must report according to their last name:


6:00—6:15 p.m.          A-Corr (Home side)                 L-Pea (Visitor side)

6:15—6:30 p.m.          Cort-Gonz (Home side)           Pen-Serr (Visitor side)

6:30—6:45 p.m.          Good-Kueb (Home side)         Shak-Z (Visitor side)


Students who will sit on the home side of the field should report to the south gate (between the scoreboard and the home stands).  Students who will sit on the visitor side of the field should report to the north gate (between the visitor stands and the flagpole).



If there is no graduation rehearsal, how will my child know where they are sitting for graduation?

As seniors arrive at graduation, we will have staff available to direct them to their seats.



What is the dress code for the seniors?

Men should wear white or light-colored, collared shirts with a tie, slacks, socks, and dress shoes. Men need to be clean-shaven, and earrings are not permitted.


Ladies may wear any color dress and dress shoes (no tennis shoes allowed).  We strongly caution against high heels. The field turf is very soft, and it is easy to lose your footing or trip.  It is also a steep walk down the stadium entrance ramp. Earrings are the only piercing allowed (no facial piercings permitted).  DO NOT BRING A PURSE.  Ladies cannot have them on the field, and we have no one to supervise them during the ceremony.  We also recommend that ladies bring bobby pins to help secure their graduation cap because it is typically windy on the field.



How long will the graduation ceremony last?

The ceremony usually lasts two hours.  However, social distancing guidelines will likely result in a slightly longer event.



Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes, live streaming will be available on the District website at www.dpisd.org/graduation/.  The video will remain available for viewing for several months.



Is smoking allowed?

Clyde Abshier Stadium is a non-smoking facility.



Will the concession stands be open?

Yes, a concession stand will be available for drinks and snacks.



Will handicapped seating be available?

Yes, but handicapped seating is extremely limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 



Can we reserve seats?

No, seats cannot be saved or reserved.



Can we hang signs or hold up a sign at graduation? What other items are prohibited?

To ensure that every guest is able to enjoy the ceremony, signs are prohibited.  Other prohibited items  include air horns, noisemakers, live animals, drones, umbrellas, balloons, and coolers.



Once the ceremony is finished, will families be allowed on the field to take photos?

Due to social distancing restrictions, families will not be allowed on the field after graduation.  Once the ceremony is completed, graduates will be dismissed, and they can reunite with their families outside the stadium.

Senior families will have an opportunity to take photos on the Abshier Stadium field on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 28.  Enter the stadium using the home side gate and field access ramp located at the southwest corner of the facility.  Families are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.



Can special family presentations be made on the field?

Due to the large number of graduates and the desire to have the ceremony focus on student accomplishment, achievement and recognition, we do not allow special presentations on the field.  This includes appearances by military family members, special circumstances involving student/family members, and recognition of former students.



What happens if it rains?

Our plan is to hold traditional graduation on May 27.  If the weather is bad that evening, we will postpone the start of the ceremony for up to one hour.  If the weather does not improve by 8 p.m., we will reschedule the event for the following night (Friday, May 28).  Parents will be informed about a postponement via the District’s Skylert parent communication system.



Can you accommodate people who have health conditions?

We strongly suggest that family members view the live stream from home if:

  • They have health conditions or are immunocompromised;
  • They have concerns related to heat and humidity;
  • They are concerned with conditions that could affect the elderly; or
  • They have concerns that others might not abide by social distancing guidelines.