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Commencement exercises Friday

By Michael Butler

Another school year concludes this week. The last official day of classes in Tallassee is Thursday, May 25. Graduation will be held at 8:00 on Friday night at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium.

Tallassee superintendent of education Wade Shipman talked about the past few weeks for the graduating class.

"It's been busy with rounding out their grades, the awards banquet, the senior walk-through, senior picnic and baccalaureate" Shipman said.

As for graduation, Shipman is hoping for good weather. "Last year we fit it in between thunderstorms," he said.

There are 120 students that will receive diplomas on Friday. One of Shipman's sons, Nolen, was among last year's graduates.

"It was a little surreal because we were new to the system. You measure it in terms of how good it was for him. It was really good for him."

Principal Matt Coker will turning the tassels on the Class of 2017.

"This class has excelled in all areas including academics, athletics and the arts," he said. "It's chocked full of leaders and winners. They collected nearly $2 million in scholarships and we have seven signed up to serve our country in the military. To say I am proud of and will miss this group is a massive understatement."

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