Dobyns-Bennett High School Graduation Announcement

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – After much consideration and after consulting with many students, Dobyns-Bennett High School is moving forward with plans to hold a traditional in-person graduation the weekend of July 17-18, 2020 (Friday/Saturday).  As the status of health considerations and guidance from the Sullivan County Regional Health Department become known as that weekend approaches, final details regarding time and logistics, including a mandatory graduation practice, will be announced.

“Being able to hold an event that appropriately honors the accomplishments of our Senior class is extremely important to the Dobyns-Bennett community,” said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton.  “In talking with members of our senior class, it became obvious that their wish was the same as ours… to be able to have an in-person celebration that recognizes the contributions they have made during their careers as students in Kingsport City Schools.”

Students who will not be able to attend a graduation ceremony in July due to previous commitments such as military deployments and post-secondary education are encouraged to contact the D-B counseling office by June 1st.  School administration will individually work with those students to plan a graduation celebration that honors their accomplishments.

“The ability to honor the work of our Seniors and their families is a milestone event in the life of an educational community,” said Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse.  “In announcing plans to hold graduation the weekend of July 17-18, our desire is to hold a single event where the entire Kingsport community can come together to celebrate our students.”

School officials will continue to monitor recommendations from health officials on how to hold the safest possible graduation event.  Based on that guidance, it may be necessary to adjust plans regarding the event, such as the size, location, or the number of guests able to attend.  Final details regarding graduation weekend will be announced as soon they are able to be determined.
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice, and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,600 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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