Friday night's graduation ceremony will proceed as planned at 8 p.m. at Merrill Green Stadium. We made this decision after consulting with local meteorologists and looking at information from the National Weather Service, who have put a Severe Thunderstorm Watch into effect for our area until 7 p.m.
Right now, it looks like the best chance of rain is earlier in the evening, making 8 p.m. a safer time for graduation to begin. Just in case, please remember to bring an umbrella or rain jacket to the ceremony, and if it rains before the ceremony begins, a towel to wipe down your seats. If we do have severe weather after the ceremony begins, we will delay the ceremony and move into the school (students) or cars (guests) until the storm passes.
If we have to postpone or stop the ceremony and are unable to resume, we will continue as planned tomorrow, Saturday, May, 28, in the morning at 9 a.m. at Merrill Green Stadium.
In closing, we plan to continue with the Rudder High School Graduation as planned tonight at 8 p.m. at Merrill Green Stadium. We’re excited to see you and celebrate the Rudder High School Class of 2021.
Dear Bryan ISD Seniors and Parents,
Planning for graduations was complicated due to restrictions remaining in place at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena, requiring graduation ceremonies to be split as classes are too large at Bryan and Rudder High Schools for the approximate 300 student maximum currently in place at Reed Arena.
I engaged in conversation with a representative group of students from each high school along with their principals and other senior administrators for Bryan ISD. The students were overwhelmingly in favor of graduating from Merrill Green Stadium instead of Reed Arena, allowing all classmates to be together.
Our team began planning and therefore, we are excited to announce that all May 2021 graduation ceremonies will take place at Bryan ISD’s own Merrill Green Stadium. The schedule will be as follows:
At this time we know that each graduating senior will receive a minimum of eight tickets to share with family and friends. Depending on the situation with COVID-19 and county guidelines on large group gatherings, that number could, and hopefully will, increase. We also plan to broadcast the ceremonies live on YouTube and Facebook.
We will announce further details as we near the graduation dates, depending on current health conditions, but we want to give you the opportunity to get these dates on your calendar and begin to make plans. Of course, the best planning cannot predict the weather, so we have the following possible rain make updates and times:
The classes of 2020 enjoyed their ceremonies at Merrill Green Stadium and they were a huge success. We are committed to nothing less for the graduates of 2021. Thanks for your flexibility and support for the Class of 2021 and for Bryan ISD.
We look forward to watching our seniors cross the stage!
Dr. Christie Whitbeck
Superintendent Bryan ISD