Texas Motor Speedway to Host Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies on “Big Hoss” for All Denton County Graduates
FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS – May 27, 2020
Earlier this month, superintendents across Denton County announced their plans for commencement ceremonies in partnership with Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) to ensure all graduates at each of their respective 23 high schools are able to participate in a “unique opportunity” to receive their diplomas.
The large TMS venue allows for each school to host their respective graduation ceremonies on, or near, their original dates in mid-to-late May while complying with recommended social distancing practices put in place by local and state health officials. Parents and family members who attend will be asked to remain in their vehicles to watch the ceremony live on “Big Hoss” while parked in the TMS infield.
Graduates, wearing academic regalia, in addition to masks, will walk across a staging area in “Victory Lane” to receive their diploma. As graduates walk across the stage, TMS will project the ceremony onto “Big Hoss,” the world’s largest HDTV as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The screen (90’ H x 120’ W) debuted in 2014 and is currently serviced and maintained by Southpaw Sports & Entertainment in Farmers Branch, Texas. Southpaw also offers event support to Big Hoss throughout the year for special events like these. At 20,633 sq ft Big Hoss is certainly large enough to ensure that every graduate is seen by their family and loved ones who are in attendance.
“A great deal of thanks and appreciation for this program must go to Judge Andy Eads and his staff for their significant efforts in making this idea come to fruition in what was really a very short amount of time,” said Eddie Gossage, President and General Manager of TMS. “A high school graduation ceremony is such an important achievement and lifelong memory for students as well as their families and friends. We are honored by the opportunity to support each and every Denton County high school graduate as best we can in these difficult times.”