Thousands of Central Texas seniors are graduating on or around this weekend, but a handful still have a few class or testing requirements to iron out before they get that diploma.
In Temple Independent School District, the class of 2019 currently includes 597 graduates. District spokesman Christian Hernandez said he cannot estimate how many seniors will not be able to graduate at this time because of fluctuating information about test results and other requirements.
“The list of graduates ebbs and flows based on multiple factors such as state testing results,” Hernandez said.
Temple High School’s graduation ceremonies were Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center.
Belton Independent School District has two graduating classes, one for Belton High School and one for Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow. Both schools held commencement ceremonies Thursday.
All of New Tech’s 133 seniors were able to graduate this spring. Belton High’s class of 2019 was considerably larger.
“Tonight, I am honored to award diplomas to 665 Belton High School students, who are prepared to excel in tomorrow’s world,” Superintendent Susan Kincannon said at the Belton High commencement ceremony.
District spokeswoman Elizabeth Cox said nine BHS seniors fell short of meeting requirements to graduate at this time. These seniors still have the opportunity to earn a 2019 diploma, however, using summer school and other resources.
Seniors at Temple High School and Temple ISD’s Edwards Academy (an alternative school whose students receive Temple High diplomas) also can keep working toward graduation over the summer.
“As far as the number of those what won’t graduate and graduation rates, that’s not finalized until December,” Hernandez said. “For state accountability purposes, any summer graduates or graduates in the fall will count as graduates of the class of 2019 until the December cutoff.”
Cox said that with current information, Belton High School’s graduation numbers look very similar to those from last year.