Senior News

Class of 2023

2023 Commencement Ceremony

Commencement ceremonies for the District’s five comprehensive high schools will be held at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in May.

The McNeil High School ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 25, 2022.

Commencement Ceremony Tickets

Admittance to the ceremony held at the H-E-B Center will be by ticket only. This is to ensure attendance does not exceed the appropriate capacity of the event center and to ensure the safety of students and guests.

Each graduate will be allotted six (6) tickets to the ceremony. The six tickets guaranteed for each student will be picked up at the campus in May. Tickets will be provided at no cost and seating will not be assigned. Children under 3 will be admitted without a ticket but will have to be seated on a lap. Lost tickets will not be replaced. Any graduate who will not be using all six allotted tickets is encouraged to give them to a graduate needing additional seats at the ceremony or turn them back into the campus to be redistributed.

SENIORS! Please be sure to take care of these to-do items ASAP!

Senior Survey: 100% of Seniors Need to Complete the Annual RRISD Senior Survey

Every senior in RRISD is asked to complete the annual RRISD Senior Survey. This survey allows high schools to best support students through the summer months after graduation, and it helps the district better support current high school students. Please take a moment to complete this survey TODAY. It will take less than 10 minutes. RRISD requests 100% participation in this annual senior survey; please complete this survey as soon as possible.

Scholarship Opportunities

Be sure to check out the Scholarship and Financial Aid page of our counseling website for scholarships and MORE! Pay attention to DEADLINES! All seniors should apply for local scholarships since they have a higher probability of getting these awards. Local Scholarships are listed in bold red letters on the Scholarship Spreadsheet. Check this spreadsheet frequently; new scholarships are added all the time!

Report ALL of Your Scholarship Awards TODAY!

McNeil every year publishes all the scholarships you are awarded in our Senior Awards Night program. Please share EVERY scholarship you have been offered thus far, even if you will not be accepting the award. Every scholarship must be verified, so please email copies of any scholarship offers you get during this year to Mrs. Hanson (you can forward the email, send a screenshot, or upload a photo). Submit all scholarships to Mrs. Hanson at to be included in the Seniors Awards Night program.

P.S. We don't publish the dollar amounts in the Academic Awards Night program, so do not be worried about that. However, we do keep a running tally of the dollar amount for the whole senior class which we announce at graduation, so do send me that info! Last year, Maverick seniors were offered over 13 million dollars in scholarships!

Share your Senior Google Slide!

Each year, McNeil curates a slide from each senior to put the senior slideshow together. The slide show is displayed on our website throughout the summer, and it may be played at other senior events. All seniors are asked to create ONE Google Slide and SHARE it with Mrs. Hanson (

Please include the following on your ONE, SINGLE slide:

  1. First and Last Name

  2. Plans after graduation (military branch, college/university, etc.)

  3. Photo

  4. Any other information you would like to share!

Space is limited to ONE slide per senior! Share your slide with Mrs. Hanson. She will copy it and add it to the master slideshow. Click HERE for design ideas and to see the senior slide show for last year's class of 2022.

Mavericks Enlisting in the Military

If you have already enlisted, or if you plan on enlisting in the military by December 31, 2023, please share your information on this Google Form so we can celebrate you at this year's graduation ceremony! Thank you for your service!

Save the date! Austin Area Our Community Salutes 2023 event is Thursday, April 13th. Click here for the event flyer. All enlisting seniors, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend the 4th Annual Austin Area Our Community Salutes Ceremony. This is a Department of Defense-encouraged event that honors all the young people who upon graduation have elected to join one of our nation’s armed forces. Here is the national link for the event where you can find information or look at pictures of past events.

Complete Your FAFSA, TASFA, or TEA FAFSA Opt-Out Form NOW!

If you receive an email from Mrs. Hanson regarding the need to fulfill this graduation requirement, please take care of this ASAP! Currently, a little over 100 McNeil Seniors are in jeopardy of having their diplomas withheld until they submit their FAFSA online, TASFA directly to a college or university, or the TEA FAFSA Opt-Out Form to McNeil High School. Students who do not plan on submitting a FAFSA or TASFA can pick up a TEA FAFSA Opt-Out Form from their counselor or download and print it here.

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Go to the McNeil Project Graduation online store to purchase yard signs and pre-order senior t-shirts as well as make tax-deductible donations for this year's Grad Night!

Cap and Gown / Class Ring Purchase Information!

If you were unable to purchase cap/gown or class rings while Herff Jones was on campus you can still purchase them through their website.

Visit Herff Jones website for more information.

Senior Academy Stole Ordering

The Senior Stole purchasing window has closed. If you were unable to purchase a stole please see Mrs. Jones in the main office.


Yearbooks are on sale now! Be sure to pre-order one to ensure having a copy. Go to and search McNeil High School.

Senior Tribute Ads are a touching way to honor a graduate in the yearbook. Friends can share an ad, teams can share an ad, any group of seniors can split an ad if they do not want an individual one. We offer a variety of sizes. Ads can be purchased either through the school for cash or check or can be ordered online at the yearbook company website. McNeil Yearbook/Senior ad site

The price of senior tribute ads increases in December.


VOLUNTEERS! We need to get volunteers up and running to help out with Project Graduation 2023. We want to make sure we have a great grad night event for our Class of 2023 to end their senior year in a special way. Planning, fundraising, sponsorships, and other activities need to start happening soon to make it all happen by the end of this school year.

Project Graduation is its own entity and has its own President, Secretary, Treasurer, Bank Account, Fundraising, etc. In years past, grad night has been held at Main Event where the entire space is rented and different vendors like magicians, fortune tellers, etc. are hired to make the atmosphere fun…but the festivities can be anywhere/whatever the Project Grad team decides and makes the most sense. The event is totally free to all graduating seniors of MHS.

There are several positions – in both chair and leadership areas – that need to be filled:

President – Someone to coordinate the meetings and delegate to other groups and just make sure things are progressing.

Vice President – Assisting where needed, helping make sure it’s all getting done.

Treasurer – Someone to manage the books and financial aspects of Project Grad.

Event Coordinator(s) – This person/group would schedule Main Event (or whatever venue is decided), and book entertainment, etc.

Student Prize Coordinator(s) – This person/group would request donations from businesses to give away to students in a raffle-type setting the night of the event.

Sponsorships –This team will solicit fundraising requests from local businesses, seek family sponsorships, etc.

Fundraising Chairs needed:

· Poinsettia orders There is a vendor in place, but the actual sales and coordination need to be established.

· Yard Sign Orders – There is a Class of 2023 yard sign design available for order or a new design can be developed. Vendors are in place but coordination for purchase, delivery, and customization needs to be put in place

· Spirit Nights at various restaurants, etc. Set up and advertising within the community

· Flamingo Flockings – Fun for a group to flock yards with flamingos for those who sign up and pay. Only available to be flocked in the McNeil attendance zone. All supplies are already on-hand and can begin advertising the service right away as soon as we have someone/group to do the flockings.

· Pet Clinics – We already have a pet clinic scheduled on September 14th, and there will be another in January.

· T-Shirt Sales - If it is determined that a senior shirt/parent shirt is to be sold as a fundraiser, this position needs to be filled.

· Other fundraising ideas as they come!

If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping get this setup, that would be great. We would like to set up an initial meeting, either virtual or in person, in the next week or two if we can get some of these leadership positions in place.

Please email to let us know your interest area and how we can get something great in place for our Class of 2023 Seniors!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate tickets or request additional tickets?

To donate or request additional tickets please complete the Commencement Ticket form linked HERE. Families will have from November 18th – December 9th to submit their tickets for donation or request additional tickets through this form. Additional graduation tickets above the 6 allotted per graduate are not guaranteed. Requesting families will be notified before Winter Break on December 15th if their request for additional tickets is granted. If additional tickets are still available after December 10th, campuses will communicate when & how these tickets will be distributed to students.

What if I do not receive enough tickets for my family?

All five Round Rock ISD graduations will be live video-streamed on the District’s website.

May I enter the ceremony without a ticket?

No. Your ticket will be scanned upon entry. To expedite the entry process, please arrive early and do not bring bulky items. Tickets may not be duplicated, nor can they be scanned more than once. Children under 3 will be admitted without a ticket but will have to be seated on a lap.

For any questions or concerns regarding graduation tickets, please complete the Let's Talk form on the McNeil High School Website.

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