Three county schools, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central high schools, will move their graduation ceremonies to the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in May.
Director of Schools Tim Setterlund said the reasoning behind the move was due to accommodation factors.
“Right now we don’t have the facilities to accommodate everyone indoors,” Setterlund said.
Setterlund also said officials decided on the move because they didn’t want to risk the problems that Lebanon High School had last year with their graduation.
“We want everyone to be able to see their kids graduate,” Setterlund said.
According to Setterlund, officials had the option to move other schools' graduation ceremonies to Nashville as well, but opted not to.
“Just those three will be moving to Nashville because they’re the biggest with the most to accommodate,” Setterlund said.
Setterlund said he spoke to administrators at Watertown High School, who said they have easily enough room to accommodate everyone indoors and were happy to continue to do that at their own facilities.
Setterlund also said the decision to move was made within the last two weeks.
“We decided on this location because it’s the closest, most reasonably priced and largest which will allow use to accommodate everyone we need,” Setterlund said.
Graduation dates for all three schools will be May 31 at staggered times throughout the day.
Mt. Juliet will graduate at 10 a.m., with Wilson Central following at 3 p.m. and Lebanon at 7 p.m.