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Uvalde HS seniors honor slain kids, teachers during graduation ceremony

UVALDE, Texas – Nearly 300 Uvalde High School graduates honored the scholars and workers at Robb Elementary as they took to the stage to receive their diplomas on Friday.

The 288 graduates, adorned in darkish pink robes, accepted their diplomas at 7 p.m. at Honey Bowl Stadium. About per week earlier, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District superintendent stated scholar participation was non-compulsory.

There had been additionally 21 “Uvalde Strong” placards positioned on the ceremony website in honor of the 19 college students and two teachers who had been killed within the mass capturing at Robb Elementary on May 24.

Staff and scholar leaders approached the stage all through the graduation ceremony and gave speeches. Of those that spoke was the category valedictorian Abigail Kone, in accordance with the Associated Press.

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According to the AP, Kone stated the Uvalde group and the college district are nonetheless standing united after such a latest tragedy unfolded.

“Love the people in your life while you have them because you don’t know what the future holds for anyone,” Kone stated.

“Our community has definitely learned about the unexpected, something that should have never happened. Our lives have been altered. But we still stand together as a community,” she added.

Superintendent Hal Harrell issued a video message hours earlier than the ceremony during graduation follow. He stated though it’s been a tough week locally and for the college district, seniors are paying tribute to their fallen classmates and workers.

“Many, many are decorated in remembrance of our Robb School students and our staff,” Harrell stated. “They are paying tribute to their classmates, to their younger siblings, to people that were important in their life.”

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The faculty district is working with native and state legislation enforcement to have an elevated police presence on the graduation ceremony. Seniors who choose to not participate within the ceremony can nonetheless make preparations to select up their diplomas.

Harrell stated even with the hardships of the final month, the group and college district will work to maneuver ahead, facet by facet.

“We’ll continue to grieve together. We’ll continue to pray together. We’ll continue to grow together, and we’ll continue to move forward together as we build a brighter future for our community but never forgetting,” Harrell stated. “These lives do matter, and they will always matter to Uvalde. We are Uvalde strong.”

To watch the complete graduation ceremony, click here.

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