Killeen: Virtual graduation plans continue with senior photos

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) With a little over 2,400 graduating seniors across Killeen ISD, the district is putting the finishing touches on plans for a virtual graduation ceremony.

Killeen ISD is putting the finishing touches on plans for a virtual graduation ceremony.

As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, plans were shifted from a traditional ceremony to the virtual option.

"We know this is disappointing and heartbreaking. We're going to find a way to celebrate all of our seniors. Right now, that is the virtual graduation to ensure everyone is able to be honored," said Taina Maya, Killeen ISD's Chief Communications and Marketing Officer.

For seniors, they have until May 10 to make sure they will be seen during the virtual ceremony. This includes taking a photo in their free cap and gown and submitting it with instructions they received via email. This includes spelling out their name phonetically and submitting a short message for their personalized slide.

"The district is rolling out a huge opportunity that all the graduating seniors next week right here at the Career Center. That will be something every senior will take a picture in their cap and gown and we will upload them for their virtual graduation," Maya said.

The district says it looked at all options and have heard feedback from parents and students. Looking at venues that would have more social distancing was also done.

In a message posted to seniors, the district does say, "Should COVID-19 restrictions be relaxed, and the opportunity present itself in the future, the district has reserved the Bell County Expo Center in July."

"It may not be the full graduating class. It may just be A-G and we continue the alphabet, so it may be smaller sections in our graduating class," Maya said. "We're planning in the back of the house and we're working on the details and trying to find ways to make this possible."