Approximately 250 students will take their final bow as Wildcats during tonight’s Tullahoma High School commencement ceremonies in Wilkins Stadium.
The class of 2018 will say goodbye to THS beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Wilkins Stadium, weather permitting.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the high school gym, per school protocol, according to school secretary Rhonda Milleville.
While the hope is the stormy weather will hold off until after commencement, there is a slight chance that the ceremony could be held indoors. In that case, each senior has a total of eight tickets to give out to family members.
The limited audience in the case of a gymnasium ceremony, Milleville said, is due to fire code regulations.
There is limited space in the gym, and having too many people inside creates a fire hazard, she said.
Though each senior was given just eight tickets to distribute to family members, Milleville said students frequently trade tickets according to how many family members they expect to attend. Should a student only need three tickets for immediate family, they are free to give their tickets to other students who anticipate a larger family turnout.
In any case, she said, the limit on how many people total can be in the gymnasium at one time remains. The total capacity for the school gymnasium is approximately 2,400 people.
At press time, the AccuWeather forecast called for scattered thunderstorms throughout the weekend, including a 41 percent chance on Friday night.
According to Milleville, school staff will make the final call for the location of the ceremony by 3 p.m. today. Whatever the weather, notifications will be sent out through several means of communication, including the high school’s official Facebook page and an all-call.
For the full list of graduates, look for our special graduation section inside today’s paper.
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