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D.C. Students Receive Diplomas In Special Ceremony

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By Garrett Browne

Hundreds of local high school seniors received their diplomas yesterday thanks to the District's summer school program.

The cheers were electric and smiles were rampant, as 346 students from 25 public high schools in the District of Columbia received their diplomas. It was a part of a "Rainbow Graduation" for students that had to complete studies during the summer, or had to miss their normal graduation ceremonies.

Joseph Broynt, diploma tight in hand, says it wasn’t just an individual effort.

"All of us came together, many different schools, we overcame tons of adversary at home, out of home, but all of us came together and got the diploma," he says.

Broynt says he plans to attend UDC next year.

The District says that the program has improved graduation rates since it was established in 2006.

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