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May 22, 2014

Velma-Alma students to graduate tonight

DUNCAN — Twenty-one high school seniors will graduate from Velma-Alma High School at 8 p.m. tonight.

The Comets’ graduation ceremony will be held at JM Cary Field House. Greg Pierce, superintendent of Pontotoc Tech Center in Ada, will be the commencement speaker.

Superintendent of Velma-Alma Raymond Rice said that while Pierce’s topic is unknown, he is excited to listen to his speech.

“I’m excited to hear from Mr. Pierce,” Rice said. “He was the superintendent in Velma-Alma when he hired me in 1990 as an agriculture education instructor.”

Rice said the number of students graduating is proportionate to previous years.

“We have had class sizes that are slightly larger than that or smaller than that,” he said. “I think it’s comparable.”

Overall, Rice commented that this academic school year has been good for both faculty and students.

“We think we had a really good year,” he said. “We’ve had some students who excelled academically and in terms of athletics.”

Aside from graduation, seniors from Velma-Alma were invited to Dallas for three days to celebrate the school year.

Graduates will be able to pick up their real diplomas on Friday.

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