It’s a big opening ceremony weekend for thousands of North Texas college graduates.

But with the omicron variant and COVID-19 cases on the rise nationally and locally, people are being urged to take precautions.

The University of Maryland announced Thursday that it was canceling its winter re-entry after a surge in new positive COVID-19 cases on campus.

Locally, there are no such reports on local campuses, but the launch ceremonies come with a strong encouragement for guests to wear masks and stay home if they are sick.

At least five major universities will hold ceremonies between Friday and Sunday. Here are the protocols and details for each school:

  • UT Arlington kicks off its winter start at Globe Life Field at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. The large stadium has been a popular place for graduation ceremonies for the past two years, as it offers plenty of room to spread out. The ticket office is already closed. If you plan to attend, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged. Globe Life Field may close the roof due to inclement weather.
  • Texas Christian University is holding a ceremony at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday inside the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. According to the opening website, masks are mandatory indoors for all campus events. There is also a clear bag policy.
  • The ceremonies at UT Dallas took place throughout the week. Schools end Friday with six ceremonies for different study programs. Guest tickets required. Click here to see the timetables. Masks and vaccinated guests are strongly encouraged.

The University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University held their opening ceremonies this past weekend.

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