Anderson, Hamblen county schools announce graduation plans


With Tennessee’s stay-at-home order set to expire at the end of the month, some local schools districts have begun to release graduation plans.

Anderson County will hold formal graduation ceremonies unless the state or federal government restricts large group activities. The Anderson County High School Graduation will be held on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. on the Anderson County Football Field. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held the next day.

Clinton High School Graduation will take place on Friday, June 27 on the Clinton High School City Field at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be held the following day in the event of inclement weather.

If another stay-at-home order or one like it is enacted, graduation services will be livestreamed on the same dates listed above. Both graduation ceremonies will be streamed at County officials say there is a possibility that the number of guests a student can have may be limited due to facility capacity and/or mandates from the state or federal government.

“Graduation is a big deal, even if you’re not going through a pandemic, and we wanted to do our very best to make a graduation happen because it is a big deal for our students,” said Anderson County High School principal Ben Downs. “Our ideal is to get a graduation at Anderson County High School, and have a great day for our students, our seniors. If we have to do something a little bit less – less people, or less guests, or whatever that is – we’ll follow those guidelines, whatever it is, when the time comes.”

“There was a point we were all kind of worried we were going to have to maybe get our diploma in the mail, so waking up this morning and finding out that we will actually get to walk somewhere meant a lot,” said graduating Clinton High School senior Chesney Nelson.

Hamblen County Schools announced the graduation ceremony for West High School will be held Thursday, July 23, at 8:00 p.m. at Burke-Toney Stadium. East High School’s graduation will be held Friday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m. at Burke-Toney Stadium. 

Hamblen County graduations will be moved to the East High School Gymnasium in the event of inclement weather.

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