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Class of 2020

GRADUATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2020

OPTION 1:  Mailed Diploma

  • You MUST turn in a written (or typed) paper with your full legal name, mailing address, and your signature on it stating that you are choosing to NOT participate in the traditional ceremony, but will have your diploma mailed to the address you give.  Print a form to be turned in to the office.  If you do not have access to a printer, you can write the same information on a piece of paper.
  • Your diploma will be mailed from the school on Friday, May 22. You should expect to receive it in 2-3 days. A copy of the graduation program, your final report card and a transcript will be included.

GENERAL NOTES - There are some elements of the ‘individual’ ceremony and the ‘traditional’ ceremony that apply to each:

We HOPE to announce Top 10, including Valedictorian and Salutatorian on May 22nd.  Mrs. Leonard will contact those included, and it will be posted on social media and the school website.

Just a reminder that caps CANNOT be decorated in any way. This is school policy and has been endorsed by School Superintendent Greg Martin.  If you arrive with a decorated hat, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Graduation is always a spirited and emotional event, and this will likely be even more so.  We ask that family and friends please honor the importance of the event and refrain from inappropriate remarks or catcalling during the receiving of the diplomas.

OPTION 2:  Individual Ceremony

  • On Saturday, May 23 you should park at Entrance 1.  Plan to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time.  At ten minutes before your appointment time, you and your family should go to the door on the left (next to the buzzer). Mrs. King will check you in and take the information sheet from you.  Do NOT go to the door earlier than ten minutes before your appointment time; please remain in your car until that time.
  • Upon entering the building, you will go to the sound booth; Ms. Forsythe will show you and your family members what to do from there. If you have a family member in a wheelchair, they will be wheeled to the back of the stage to enter from there.  Your family will be instructed to have a seat in the chairs on the stage. You will walk down the aisle to "Pomp and Circumstance" and stop on the stage at the "X". 
  • You will walk across the staging area to receive your diploma. Mr. Martin and Dr. Pyron will be present to hand you your diploma. You will have your picture taken by Mr. Waller.
  • After receiving your diploma, you and your family members will exit behind the stage, where Mr. Powers will escort you to C1.  The school backdrop will be there if you would like to take a picture with your family members. You'll exit the building from there.

OPTION 3:  Traditional Ceremony

NOTE:  All of the following information is based on social distancing guidelines being eased by then, and our being able to have a ‘normal’ graduation ceremony. This is also contingent on the weather; if it is raining, we will hold the ceremony in the gym.

    • You are REQUIRED to be at graduation practice on Friday, June 19th.  You should be seated in the Little Theater at 8:30 am; names will be on the seats in alphabetical order (except for Top 10, who will be seated on the front row).
    • Following graduation practice, at approximately 10:00 am, we PLAN to have time for you to sign yearbooks in the Commons. GEAR UP and Mrs. Cheshier are providing a lunch meal at no cost to you at 11:00.  This plan is contingent on social distancing guidelines being eased by then. We will NOT know for sure until possibly a few days before, so keep checking your email and/or social media for updates.
  • On graduation night, you should be seated in the Little Theater by 7:00. No family members will be allowed into the school building. All family members should enter the football stadium and be seated there.  View the Expected Dress Code.
    • If you have parents or grandparents who are unable to climb bleachers, they may bring lawn chairs and be seated on the track. This also applies to family members in wheelchairs.  This is not for everyone in your family, only for those who need it.  A security officer will be at the track entrance to admit family members with lawn chairs or wheelchairs.
    • The gates will open at 5:30.  There is no reserved section, nor can family members reserve large sections.  It is first come, first served.
    • At 7:25, seniors will exit the Little Theater and proceed to the football fieldhouse gate.  Seniors will walk to the left of the football field and down to the track to the 50-yard line.  You will be in two lines, and will walk down to the chairs to be seated.
    • During the ceremony, you will receive the diploma cover only.  Following the ceremony, you will be able to pick up the actual diploma, your final report card and transcript and various other items at the football fieldhouse.

If you have ANY questions regarding graduation, contact Ms. Forsythe at forsythel@mcnairy.org, or Mrs. Leonard at leonarda@mcnairy.org.  Don’t forget to turn in your scholarship notices, whether you plan to attend that school or not, ASAP to Mrs. Leonard. 

Find out more about our current senior group, the Class of 2020!