Student leaving early for military duty gets own graduation

ALTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire high school senior class president about to head out for military training couldn’t make his graduation, so he got his own personal ceremony instead.

People attending the Prospect Mountain High School senior awards program Wednesday night were asked to stay after the event ended. Out marched school officials, faculty and National Guard member Jacob Blair, all wearing graduation robes.

“Pomp and Circumstance” played as Blair entered to a standing crowd. He gave a speech and received his diploma.

Blair left Thursday morning for Fort Rucker, Alabama, to undergo advanced individual training.

The full senior class will graduate Friday.

Blair received a three-year Army ROTC scholarship and will attend the University of New Hampshire to study mechanical engineering in the fall.

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