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Preds game boots out Metro high school graduation ceremony

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Game 3 of the Western Conference Final means Hume-Fogg's graduation ceremony has to move. (WSMV) Game 3 of the Western Conference Final means Hume-Fogg's graduation ceremony has to move. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Nashville Predators’ success in the Western Conference Final may be thrilling to fans, but some students said its cost them a popular tradition.

Tuesday's game has booted out Hume-Fogg Magnet High School's graduation ceremony out of Bridgestone Arena.

Sporting bright blue, hundreds of Hume-Fogg seniors look forward to the mark of tradition.

"We start back there at the stairs and we're in out caps and gowns, and the police close off Broadway so we walk down," said Ryan Requierme, a graduating senior. "So it's all closed off and all the families are on the sides watching us."

Every year the school holds its graduation ceremony at Bridgestone Arena downtown, but the Predators' success threw a curve ball this year.

"I've been a fan for a long time, so I'm glad they made it this far. But (I'm) also conflicted because of what happened with graduation," Requierme said. "But all in all, I'm happy for the Predators."

Students found out late last week.

"I think it's OK. I mean, there are some kids that are very upset about it," said Ava Rollings, a graduating senior. "But we're graduating from a really good school and we should be thankful about that."

Some students were clearly upset, expressing their frustration on social media. The Predators' mascot Gnash even jumped in the conversation.

"I guess there's that rite of passage as a Hume-Fogg student to walk down to Bridgestone, but honestly as long as we have something similar to that, I'm fine," said Jaeleigh Johnson, a graduating senior.

Educators did their best to honor that, scrambling to find a new space for Tuesday's pomp and circumstance. Families will now watch their graduates file into Music City Center just one street over.

"What's really important is that most of our family will be able to go there and see us graduate," Rollings said.

A total of 225 Hume-Fogg seniors will walk Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. to get their diplomas. The school's principal said in an email that she was thankful for the quick work to find a solution.

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