Ocracoke School, North Carolina's smallest public school, held graduation exercises last night in the gymnasium. The seats were filled with parents, grandparents, and island friends. Five seniors received their diplomas: Alex Garrish, Yeager St. John, Nicole O'Neal, Katy Mitchell, & Marcus Lawson. As you might expect, the speeches and remarks were often personal, reflecting the size of the graduating class and the closeness of our island community. After the ceremony the seniors waited on the wooden walkway outside to receive congratulations, cards, and words of encouragement from their families, neighbors, and friends. As so many island events, it was a very personal affair.
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