GALLERY: Here are 27 photos of Houston-area students celebrating their graduations
HOUSTON Class of 2020 graduates at Houston-area high schools have spent June receiving their diplomas after going through a historic and difficult semester. KPRC 2 readers and viewers shared pictures of themselves or their kids celebrating their graduations. Check out the gallery below. Congratulations to all.
Free movie tickets for high school seniors
HOUSTON With so many closures during the pandemic, freebies have been scarce, but this is a great deal for high school seniors and 2020 graduates. At 5 Showbiz Cinema locations in greater HoustonShowbiz Cinemas are offering free movie tickets to seniors every Monday through Thursday during the month of June. All you need is your valid student ID. Show it at the box office to get a free ticket at the Showbiz Cinemas in Baytown, Kingwood, Liberty Lakes and Fall Creek. Showbiz is showing flashback movies right now; titles like I Still Believe, Sonic the Hedgehog" and going way back, Footloose.
Meet the winner of KPRC 2’s Senior Yearbook Contest
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. HOUSTON – Stephanie is a Senior at Tompkins High School in Katy. Stephanie won a $2,020.00 gift card to Kroger. Special thanks to Kroger for helping us celebrate the Class of 2020 with KPRC 2′s Senior Yearbook. Click here to view our Senior Yearbook photo gallery.
PHOTOS: This is what high school graduations in Houston looked like this week as districts practice social distancing
In-person high school graduations in Houston look a lot different this year. Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency, who announced earlier in May that in-person graduation ceremonies would resume if social distancing and health protocols could be followed. Take a look below at how these Houston-area school districts are holding their graduation ceremonies:That’s a wrap for @ClearCreekISD Class of 2020!!! Posted by Conroe Independent School District on Tuesday, June 2, 2020The Cypress Falls High School graduating class of 2020 celebrated its commencement on June 2 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. #CyFallsGrad #Classof2020 #CFISDspirit Posted by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD on Wednesday, June 3, 2020Clear Brook HS, you were terrific at the 2020 Graduation tonight.
2020 graduates can win free tacos for a year from Torchy’s if they share their ‘Taco Dreams’
HOUSTON – Class of 2020 graduates, are you craving some Torchy’s tacos? The Austin-based Taco franchise tweeted that 20 lucky graduates can earn a year’s worth of tacos by telling their “Taco Dreams." 🎓 2020 Grads, post a photo in your cap and gown or with your diploma and tell us your “Taco Dreams” for your future. pic.twitter.com/ZHRB4rTmZU — Torchy's Tacos (@torchystacos) May 27, 2020To enter, Class of 2020 graduates from high school or college can post a picture of themselves wearing their cap and gown or with their diploma. They must tag @TorchysTacos on Twitter along with the hashtag #TorchysClassOf2020.
One Good Thing: 7-year-old puts prom party together for babysitter
A teenage girl in North Carolina couldn't attend her high school prom because of the coronavirus, but she still had a special bash thrown just for her by a boy that she babysits. Curtis Rogers, 7, hadnt seen his nanny Rachel in two months because of COVDI-19 when prom finally came around. Curtis had the whole night planned out, from their favorite afterschool snack, peanut butter and apples as an appetizer to using a pool noodle to maintain a safe social distance. Curtis said he wanted to do it because Rachel is so special to him. If you see any good news going down in your neighborhood, make sure to share it with us.
High school graduate loses parents in a car wreck minutes after leaving ceremony
Minutes after receiving his diploma Dalton Barnett, 18, lost both his parents in a car wreck after leaving his high school graduation ceremony. Fox 10 reports his parents were killed in a collision with a pickup truck in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, according to Kentucky State Police. According to the report, the driver, Nancy Barnett, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, Lyndon Barnett, 56, died at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. According to Fox 10, the mother wore a shirt to the graduation that read, “Senior Mom: Some people wait their entire lives to meet their inspiration.
LIST: Find out if your school district is hosting in-person or virtual graduation for seniors
HOUSTON Needville ISD is preparing for an in-person graduation ceremony Friday for the class of 2020 seniors. Fort Bend ISD graduation planFort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre said the district is planning an outdoor ceremonies ceremony at Kenneth Hall Stadium from June 1 to June 6. Dupre said that the district will follow all TEA requirements in order to keep students and their guests safe. HISD goes all virtualAll 45 Houston Independent School District graduation ceremonies this year will be held virtually on June 14, according to the district announced. Alief ISD chooses outdoor graduationAlief Independent School District is hosting outdoor graduation for seniors at Tully stadium.
DEAL: Pizza Hut is offering free pizza to Class of 2020 graduates
Published: May 26, 2020, 10:26 am Updated: May 26, 2020, 10:55 amPizza Hut wants to celebrate all graduating seniors by giving away half a million free pizzas. Pizza Hut has partnered with America’s dairy farmers to offer one free medium 1-topping pizza to all 2020 graduates. Sign up for a Hut Rewards account here to claim your free pizza. The promotion is redeemable online through June 4.
Fort Bend ISD to hold in-person high school graduations in June
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:Yes, in order to maximize social distancing, the district says the ceremonies will be ticketed events, and guests will be limited to four tickets per graduate. Fort Bend ISD says they will not grant requests for additional tickets to the 2020 Graduation ceremonies. The district said ceremonies will also be available to view on Fort Bend ISDs Youtube channel a couple of days following the ceremony. Makeup SlotMonday, June 8, 20208 a.m. Makeup Slot
Klein ISD provides 600 graduates with drive-thru senior photoshoot
More than 600 graduating seniors were gifted a professional portrait from Klein ISD at a drive-thru photoshoot over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, students pulled up to DeMontrond Collision where photographers and photoshoot areas were set up for them to take senior portraits. “I am so grateful for this generous donation from DeMontrond Collision for our graduating seniors,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Their commitment to celebrating the Class of 2020’s accomplishments in an incredible opportunity for our students and families to make new memories.”Officials for Klein ISD described the two-day event as a safe way to honor its graduates and their accomplishments. Students were required to sign up in advance for their photoshoot time slot.
Mail carrier delivers his own celebration to the 2020 graduates on his route
High school graduates on Joshua Crowell's mail route in New Hampshire are finding special letters in their mailboxes. His effort is among the many ways people are trying to make high school graduation special during the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, for example, celebrities and even former presidents came together to honor them with CNN's "Class of 2020: In This Together" and LeBron James' "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020." Crowell has delivered 25 of the graduation cards so far, and said he is just getting started. US Postal Service worker Joshua Crowell has a selection of signed cards for this year's graduating class.
Capture memories at these 11 Houston places that are perfect for graduation photos
HOUSTON The weather is warming up and thousands of high school and college graduates will be celebrating their milestone with forever photos. Whether you are taking them yourself or with a professional, keep these places in mind when getting your pictures done. Eleanor Tinsley Park/Buffalo BayouThis park located within Buffalo Bayou has great picture spots for graduates to take advantage of. Cullinan ParkOne of Sugar Lands popular parks marks the list of best parks to take pictures in the Houston area according to MommyNearest. Allens LandingThe birthplace of Houston is also a great spot to take pictures for graduates, located just outside the Downtown Houston skyline a couple blocks from UH-Downtown.
Florida student’s photos go viral after wakesurfing in cap and gown
CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. – One Florida student took to the river in his cap and gown to celebrate his graduation, KPRC 2′s sister station in Jacksonville, Fla., WJXT reported. Lyric Oaks, a senior at Wakulla High School in Sopchoppy, Florida, grabbed his wakeboard and shredded to his success in the Ochlockonee River. Elizabeth Birdwell, owner of Elizabeth Birdwell Photography, said it was a blast to shoot. "He loves to wakesurf.... but while in a cap and gown? Lyric Oaks, a senior at Wakulla High School in Sopchoppy, Florida, grabbed his wakeboard and shredded to his success in the Ochlockonee River.
Class of 2020 entering worst job market since Great Depression
The Class of 2020 started its senior year in a boom time, with the national unemployment rate at a near-record low of 3.7%. But in the bust driven by the coronavirus, 4 million new graduates are now entering the worst jobs market since the Great Depression. The 23-year-old University of Tennessee graduate thought he had his dream job as a sports reporter lined up, and a backup plan too. I've known that I've wanted to do this since I was 15, 16 years old." The current crisis has graduates like Sanning and Leslie more determined than ever.
A Texas high school’s band directors went to each of their graduating seniors’ homes to play their fight song one last time
When graduating seniors and band students at a Texas high school found out their senior concert was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were heartbroken. For three days straight beginning Friday, the trio traveled 168 miles from home to home to visit their 85 senior band students. For 15 minutes each, they played the school's fight song while their students watched in delight from their doorsteps. In between music, laughter and a lot of tears, Plano band seniors finally got the proper goodbye they deserved. "To have my band directors play for me was actually a surreal moment," David Park, a graduating senior and band member, told CNN.
LeBron James and Travis Scott team up to design Class of 2020 T-shirt
They wont have typical graduation ceremonies but the high school class of 2020 now has a T-shirt, thanks to LeBron James and Travis Scott. The basketball superstar and Grammy-nominated rapper teamed up this week to design a T-shirt specifically for those students whose graduation plans were interrupted by coronavirus. All of the proceeds from the shirts will go to charities, the release said. James will donate proceeds to the LeBron James Family Foundation and Scott will donate to Feeding Texas. The new class shirts come as James is preparing for "Graduate Together," a televised event honoring the class of 2020.
Galveston Ball High school seniors honored with parade while decked out in cap and gowns
GALVESTON, Texas – The 2020 Senior class at Galveston Ball High School was honored Wednesday with a parade along the Seawall. Students and their parents lined the Galveston Seawall, which was decked out in their purple and gold as a parade of vehicles filled with high school and district officials honking and waving. We feel very special,” said senior Xavier Esquivel. It wasn’t quite what students had pictured when the school year started but it will be a memory they said they will never forget. School officials said they plan to hold a graduation ceremony on June 11.
Local high school seniors missing prom, but staying positive
HOUSTON – Everyone looks forward the to the end of their senior year in high school: graduation, a fancy senior prom, and the final memories with friends and classmates. Students in the class of 2020 had an abrupt end to their final year of high school, but that hasn’t stopped these bright kids from staying positive, appreciative and optimistic about the future. Watch what a few local seniors has to to say about some of their favorite memories from their last year in high school.
The high school senior tradition of college decision day is going to Instagram
High school senior decision day. Typically there's a day dedicated to revealing plans for what to do after high school. Even though most schools are closed, students are finding other ways to continue the tradition: They've taken decision day to Instagram. "Since school ended so abruptly, we couldn't really cherish our last days of high school and this Instagram page allows us to support and celebrate one another." Instead of celebrating at school, Owens said her family plans to wear their college shirts around the house to show their support.