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Shenendehowa graduates find strength in tragedy

3 seats empty at ceremony for those who weren’t there

A memorial chair to remember deceased students during Shenendehowa Commencement at SPAC on Friday, June 21, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
A memorial chair to remember deceased students during Shenendehowa Commencement at SPAC on Friday, June 21, 2013.
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Regina Stewart let her son Jeremy go first, following him up the aisle, up a small set of stairs and across the stage in front of thousands. Her husband followed close behind. She shook the superintendent’s hand. She shook the principal’s hand. She looked out at the crowd, these thousands of people who supported her when she felt sick to her stomach with grief, and then clasped her hands to her mouth. She looked up ...


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