District officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools announced May 1 a four-part plan for holding ceremonies for high school seniors set to graduate this school year.

“The Class of 2020 has been through a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close,” officials said via the MNPS website. “In a season usually reserved for big celebrations, fond farewells and last hurrahs, high school seniors have lost more than any other group of students.”

MNPS has outlined a plan for virtual ceremonies to be held in the coming weeks, with plans for an in-person ceremony should social distancing guidelines be lifted in time.

May 4-15

Students can pick up caps and gowns from their respective high school. Each graduate will be assigned a time to pick up gowns via curbside pickup. Students are to remain in their cars.

May 16-20

On the same dates as the originally scheduled ceremonies, high schools will host drive-thru processional graduations. Students will wear their caps and gowns and will receive diploma covers while seated in the front seat of their car. Additional information will be shared by individual schools.


MNPS will hold a virtual celebration to livestream a districtwide graduation ceremony. The district will coordinate with local media stations to stream the event.


Provided that social distancing guidelines are lifted, the district will host a community graduation ceremony. The in-person ceremony will be contingent upon federal, state and local restrictions.

In the coming weeks, MNPS seniors are encouraged to share photos to be shared on district websites and social media as well as senior quotes. Parental permission is required to share photos. Students can share photos here.