LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Six students proudly walked across the stage at Lufkin High School Wednesday as graduates in the class of 2017.
It was part of the annual special education graduation that the school and school board members put on every year.
"We made it to our graduation," Jared Ray said. "We survived playing in elementary school. We learned in middle school, and we matured at Lufkin High School. We became friends through out the years. it is going to be tough not seeing you all. I know the future holds so much for us. it took 2017 years to make a class this great."
The graduates also heard from Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD's superintendent, who has a 17-year-old in the special education program.
"We value all kids, and what is important to the board is that we value all kids and that means something," Goffney said. "We value the GT kids, and we are proud of them, and sometimes special ed goes unnoticed but not here. We notice them. I have been with this program for four years with my son. He is 17. He was in the crowd today. It is like a family. We know the other kids and parents, and we have grown with them. This is the most special event for me to go to every year."
The students that received diplomas were Maria Chairez, Ebony Echols, Karmin Foster, Tim Hazell, Siarrah Ibarra, and Xavier Lane. Senior Caleb Latham and Jared Ray participated in the ceremony. The two will have the honor to walk with the rest of the class of 2017 at the end of the year.