By: Lisa Fingeroot, The Tennessean
Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High seniors finally are filing into the Gentry Center after coming hours early for a very special graduation -- marked by a speech from First Lady Michelle Obama.
"I feel like this is an honor and a privilege and it is because of all of our hard work. It's paying off," graduate Shanese Brown said.
The students are going through airport-style security for the event.
Dignitaries and media are still standing outside, waiting to be cleared to move inside. The event doesn't begin until 1 p.m.
School district spokeswoman Meredith Libbey said the venue on the Tennessee State University campus has never looked better.
"It's an exciting day, as are all of our graduations," she said. "But this is especially exciting because it's the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy visiting Nashville. The students are really excited, and there will be an all-star cast today of the mayor, the first lady and other dignitaries."