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Special Needs Student Misses Out On Graduation

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HURLOCK, Md.- She may be wearing her cap and gown, but Shavonda Adams did not graduate.  She missed Tuesday morning's practice, meaning she wasn't allowed to walk up to receive her diploma.  Shavonda's family says she has been diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, and her caretaker had a death in the family, which caused her to miss Tuesday morning's practice.

"She has really gone through a whole lot.  And she has worked really hard to accomplish her diploma.  And I just feel as though she should not be denied walking across the stage." said Shavonda's aunt, Lisa Green.

But she was denied on Tuesday night. Superintendent Dr. Henry Wagner says there were numerous notifications that all students had to attend every practice in order to walk.

"Multiple notices have been sent to each family in writing, via the internet, and using our school messenger, as recently as last night reminding them of the requirement of attending the graduation practice." said Wagner.

But Shavonda's family says they didn't get those notices.  Dr. Wagner says she will still get her chance to walk though.

"There will be an additional graduation ceremony, probably before the end of June."

Shavonda's family reached out to their pastor for help, who says a June graduation is not enough.

"She can't do this later, this is a moment that she can never ever ever get back.  Why take this from her?  Why take this from her?" said pastor Sharon Jones.

During the ceremony, Shavonda and her family waited outside to see her friends, diplomas in hand.
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