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Student to leave early for military service will receive their own diploma

ALTON, N. H. – A New Hampshire high school senior class president about to head off for the military training couldn’t make his graduation, so he got his own personal ceremony.

People who are the Prospect Mountain High School senior awards program Wednesday night were asked to stay after the event ended. Out marched the officials of the school, the faculty, and the 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 he got his diploma.

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

The entire 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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