Graduating Hispanic students will be honored at a dedicated ceremony next week, Nashville’s public school district has announced.
More than 450 MNPS Hispanic seniors will be recognized this year, along with their parents. Mayor Karl Dean will be a speaker at the event and Vanderbilt University political science professor Efrén Pérez will deliver the keynote address.
“As a district, we are very proud of these students, as we are all of our graduates,” said MNPS Director of Schools Jesse Register in a statement. “They have worked extremely hard, overcome many obstacles, and kept a tight focus on graduating. I have no doubt each will succeed in whatever it is they choose to do.”
A similar ceremony was started last year by COPLA – that stands for Comité de Padres Latinos in Spanish, and Committee of Latino Parents in English. COPLA will host this year’s event, too, though the number of students slated to be honored has risen from 250 last year. Local Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses and nonprofit groups have provided COPLA with food, entertainment and other contributions.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the Boone Business Building of Trevecca Nazarene University at 333 Murfreesboro Road. Entrance is by invitation only. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration, followed by a tour of the university campus and a pre-event reception.
MNPS had more than 10,000 Hispanic students enrolled last year, according to data from the Tennessee Education Report Card, and Hispanic kids made up about 14 percent of the district’s student body.