It truly saddens me that your senior year has been thrown off course by this pandemic, and COVID-19 is still affecting our decision making as we attempt to give you the graduation ceremony you deserve.
I know we published Monday, May 18th that graduation would still be held on Saturday, June 27th, and I apologize in advance for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause. However, after new information was released by Governor Abbott Monday and much conversation and deliberation yesterday, we have decided to move your graduation ceremony to an earlier date, Saturday, June 6th at 8:00 pm.
Please understand, we are not allowed to have a May ceremony due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Grimes County. Some of our surrounding districts are allowed to have May ceremonies because of the low number of cases in their county. This number was set by Governor Abbott.
We have chosen to move the date forward out of concern that if we wait too long, we may face another shelter order since more of the state was allowed to re-open Monday, and that may cause the number of cases to rise.
The event will be held at the football stadium. A detailed plan will be published by Saturday, May 23rd. If we experience bad weather on Saturday, June 6th, the ceremony will be moved to Monday, June 8th. If we experience bad weather again on Monday, June 8th, the ceremony will be moved to Tuesday, June 9th.
Again, I apologize to you and your parents for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause. Like I said earlier, we simply want to give you the graduation ceremony you have earned.
I thank you again for your patience, flexibility and grace during these trying times.
The famous college football coach Lou Holtz once said, "Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity." This is exactly what you've done Class of 2020. The adversity you've faced during this pandemic is historic. I couldn't be any more proud of you and how you've handled this crisis. You have earned the privilege of walking across that stage and receiving your diploma, and that's what we are going to make happen for you.
I hope you and your families are well, and CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment. I am very proud of each and every one of you. GO CLASS OF 2020!
-- Scott Martindale
Superintendent Iola Independent School District 936.394.2361
Inspiring kids today to make a difference in communities tomorrow.