Metro Schools' Class of 2016 prepare for graduation ceremonies

Mark your calendars! This May, 26 Nashville school communities will celebrate the Class of 2016 with graduation ceremonies. Metro Schools graduates around 5,000 students each school year, representing a diverse body hailing from 141 countries and speaking 124 languages.

Between May 12 and May 20, graduation ceremonies will include special guests such as Jeh Charles Johnson, the current United States Secretary of Homeland Security, who will be the commencement speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, and Mayor Megan Barry, who will be the commencement speaker for the Nashville School of the Arts and Antioch High School, as well as giving students a “Charge of Excellence” at Maplewood High School. A confirmed schedule of speakers will be released closer to graduation time.

“We have tremendous pride in our graduates for all that they have accomplished. Many of our graduates have completed a capstone research project, internship or job shadow, due to the Academies of Nashville model that positions students to thrive beyond the classroom,” said Chris Henson, interim director of Metro Schools. “Metro Schools would like to thank its community partners and all that they do to support our students to reach this important milestone.”

There are five district-level scholarships that reward students who demonstrate academic excellence, exemplary school and community service, and strong leadership skills:

  • the Charlotte and Elbert Brooks Scholarship,
  • the Nettie Adams James Scholarship,
  • the J.T. Perkins Scholarship,
  • the Bill M. Wise Memorial Scholarship, and
  • the Excellence in the Arts Scholarship.

Follow our announcements as we celebrate the Class of 2016 by following the hashtag #MNPSco2016 on Twitter, Facebook and on Children First.

Here's the schedule of ceremonies for the Class of 2016: