Despite initial concerns that Denison’s Munson Stadium might not be completed in time, Denison Independent School District officials announced plans this week to hold high school graduation at the site on June 7, continuing a 40-year tradition.

Despite initial concerns that Denison’s Munson Stadium might not be completed in time, Denison Independent School District officials announced plans this week to hold high school graduation at the site on June 7, continuing a 40-year tradition.


Working with engineers overseeing the $5.6 million overhaul of the Denison football stadium, Superintendent Henry Scott said workers have made plans to secure the site and ensure safety during the graduation ceremony. Security fencing will be put in place to secure construction areas and limit foot traffic, he said. Seating will be in the East bleachers with additional seating brought in for the event, and the stage will be positioned in the center of the field, said Scott.


"It is going to be in a construction state. … It is going to create a bit of a visual problem," said Scott. "It would be ideal if construction was complete."


Despite this, Scott said he expected the impact to be minor. "I doubt it will be a distraction," he said.


Due to safety concerns over the status of the site in June, officials had made plans to hold the graduation in the 1,500 seat auditorium, limiting each student to four tickets to the event. The graduation festivities would be shown via closed circuit television in the school’s gymnasium and cafeteria to overflow attendees.


The graduation is schedule for 8:30 p.m. on June 7. It will be the 43rd year the ceremony has been held in the stadium. As a backup plan in case of bad weather or other unforeseen problems, Scott said that the District will reschedule the event for 8:30 p.m. on June 8. If poor weather continues, the District will fall back on its plan to hold the ceremony in the auditorium.