Part one of West High School graduation takes place Monday

VICTORIA, Texas — Part one of VISD’s in-person graduation ceremonies took place at Memorial Stadium Monday evening, with graduates from West High School with last names beginning in A-L the first group to be recognized.

The rest of West High School’s graduates, with last names beginning in M-Z, will take place on Tuesday at 6 pm while the same format will be followed by East High School on Wednesday and Thursday. Liberty Academy’s graduation will take place on Friday.

“This class has been cheated in the last few months of some performance and athletics events and different things, so the fact that we can stand here at memorial stadium tonight, and play pomp and circumstance and have them be able to walk across the stage is so meaningful,” said West principal Debbie Crick.

East and West High School each have about 400 graduating seniors, with each day featuring roughly 200 graduates. All those receiving diplomas wait in their vehicles before the commencement begins, then line up at the Eastern end of the stadium before walking — with at least six feet of space between graduates — up to the dais to receive their diploma. A photo is taken of each senior on-stage before they rejoin their families on the other side.