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For Immediate Release

October 27, 2009

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Granite State High School Graduation Ceremony Recognizes Seven

(Concord, N.H.) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announces that seven inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord received their diplomas today during the 2009 graduation ceremony. Commissioner William L. Wrenn congratulated the offenders and awarded them their diplomas.

The Corrections Special School District is a fully functioning high school that is run at the Concord facility through the Bureau of Programs. The inmates receive their diplomas from Granite State High School after completing the required number of classes and credits like in any New Hampshire public high school.

“Obtaining a high school diploma is a significant accomplishment for each of these men and one that will play an important part in helping them to be successful when they are released from prison,” Commissioner Wrenn said.

Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry was also a guest speaker. Inmates were permitted to wear black gowns for the ceremony and the inmate band performed “Pomp and Circumstance.” The graduates were allowed to invite members of their family to attend the event.

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