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Parade of Graduates

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Hawkins County Schools first Parade of Graduates. Soon-to-be graduates from Cherokee High School, Clinch School, and Volunteer High School dressed in cap and gown a little earlier than expected to participate in a very special event with the Hawkins County elementary schools as well as the Rogersville City School. Students were welcomed back to where their educational experiences all began with music, posters, congratulatory hugs, and high fives as they  made their way through the hallways and to visit with old teachers and new students.  

The event allowed our elementary students an opportunity to take part in a graduation celebration and be encouraged to achieve their own educational goals. High school seniors also enjoyed the event and appreciated the opportunity to be able to reminisce with their elementary teachers as they prepare to embark on a new journey.

“I was amazed to see my former students, “ said Mrs. Renner, a third grade teacher from Moorsburg, “I also think it had a powerful effect on our current students. Our current students were able to see students that sat in the same classrooms as they did many years ago. It showed them that they, too can achieve a high school diploma with a little work.”

“This graduating class was my first class as a beginning teacher,” said Mrs. Short, a second grade teacher from Mount Carmel, “I am so excited to see them and hear about their plans for the future.”

“We want to thank everyone involved in making the first annual Parade of Graduates in Hawkins County a tremendous success.”, said Wes Smith, Middle and High School Supervisor,
“ The feedback we have received from students, teachers, administrators, and community members has been overwhelmingly positive.  The seniors remembering where they came from and the elementary students seeing where they are going are both positive outcomes for this event.  Our mission in Hawkins County is to Educate and Graduate every student and we hope events like this help reinforce that mission.  We look forward to making this an annual tradition for the students of Hawkins County. “  See pictures at the link below.


It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.