Coffee County Central High School graduation will be this Friday, May 24, at Carden Jarrell Field (behind Raider Academy) at 7 p.m.
The ceremony will honor all 412 graduating senior. Valedictorian George Gannon and Salutatorian Isabel Watkins will speak during the ceremony. Principal Paul Parsley is not planning on having a formal part of the graduation, but will address the students.
“This needs to be about the graduates,” Parsley said.
As of Wednesday, May 22, the senior class is still voting on who will wear the white gown during the ceremony. The gown will be covered in students signatures.
To address recent rumors, Parsley explained the two students in the Class of 2019 who died before graduating will be honored.
“It is very important to me that we honor Austin and Ryan at graduation,” Parsley said.
Ryan Schafer, who died in September 2016, and Austin Davis, who died August 2018, will have a seat placed in their honor. A graduation gown and a flower will be laid on each chair.
Like year’s past, the seniors will be sitting on the field while family and friends will be sitting in the stands. Parking at Raider Academy is limited, so it is advised spectators arrive early or plan on parking in a different location and walk to the school.