Graduation is a time of joy for high school seniors and their families. In Wilson County, four of the high schools will be celebrating this momentous occasion in the next few days, beginning Thursday at Watertown High School.
Students at Wilson Central High School, Lebanon High School and Mt. Juliet High School will hold ceremonies on Saturday.
Watertown will kick off its graduation at 6 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
Mt. Juliet will hold its ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Principal Mel Brown said there will be 450 seniors receiving diplomas Saturday morning.
“I’m sure they are all very excited, as we are,” said Brown.
The school made the move to Municipal Auditorium this year due to renovations at Middle Tennessee State University, where the ceremony has been held the last couple of years.
Wilson Central will hold its graduation ceremony on the campus of Belmont University in the Curb Event Center. Ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. WCHS also has held its graduation at MTSU in recent years, but has also used Belmont’s campus, most recently in 2011.
Lebanon High School plans to hold its ceremony on the school’s football field at 7 p.m. Saturday, barring any problems from Mother Nature. Last year’s ceremony was moved into the gymnasium following the threat of severe weather. The move, along with parking and traffic issues, left several parents and other family members unable to attend ceremonies in the gym.
If Mother Nature necessitates a move indoors Saturday, students will be issued tickets for admittance into the gym.
“The seating in the gymnasium will be divided equally among the number of graduates. Students will receive six tickets. Overflow seating will be directed to the cafeteria and the auditorium to watch the ceremony on televisions, which should have both audio and video of the ceremony,” LHS teacher Alison Johnson said.
Overflow parking will be available at College Hills Church of Christ, Fairview Baptist Church and West Hills Baptist Church. Shuttles will run from each location beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Shuttles will begin working again at the end of graduation and continue for one hour after the end of graduation, according to Johnson.