Over 400 WCHS students will get nudged from the nest and come closer to taking flight as adults when they receive their high school diplomas Friday night at Nunley Stadium.
There are 435 seniors scheduled to walk the stage and graduate.
Several seniors have already donned their caps and gowns in making trips to area elementary schools. The seniors have been greeted by handmade signs and wild applause from the younger students as they made their way through the halls. The idea is to show the elementary students what they can achieve if they continue their education.
As for Friday night’s outdoor ceremony, weather is always a concern. The extended AccuWeather forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures in the high 80s. Graduation is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The ceremony will feature speeches from valedictorian Ella Hale and salutatorians Samantha Bratcher and Raylee Pack. Also on the schedule is the WCHS choir, which will sing “I Hope You Dance,” and Tyler Morton, who will sing “Humble and Kind.”
Student body officers C.J. Hale and Makayla Stubblefield will be given time to speak. Brett Evans will sing the national anthem.
Students are not to drive to Nunley Stadium on Friday night. Due to parking issues, students are to be at the Civic Center in cap and gown by 5:30 p.m. to be transported to the stadium via bus.
Project Graduation will follow the ceremony. The all-night party begins at 10:30 p.m. at McMinnville Civic Center and lasts until 5 a.m. The idea is to give graduating seniors and their dates a drug and alcohol-free environment to celebrate their milestone.