Class President Leaving for Military Gets Own Graduation

ALTON, N.H. — 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.

The audience was asked to stay Wednesday night as the senior awards at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton wrapped up.

Out marched school officials, faculty and others in graduation robes. Jacob Blair, a National Guard member, wore his cap and gown and walked in to “Pomp and Circumstance” and a standing crowd.

Blair, who left Thursday morning for advanced individual training to Fort Rucker, Alabama, also gave his speech and received his diploma. The full senior class was to graduate Friday.

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

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