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Class of 2013 graduates at NYS School for the Deaf

By GARY LIBERATORE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Seven high school seniors received their diplomas Friday morning in Rome as the Class of 2013 took the stage at the New York State School for the Deaf.

Four young men and three young women from all parts of New York State will now take the next step in life. For some, that will be college, for others it's right into the workforce.

School officials say that over the years, the number of students who attend the School for the Deaf have gone down, but it still remains the highest quality education someone who is hearing impaired can get.

"A lot of schools are running their own programs, through the BOCES programs, and they don't want the children to travel as much and that's very common in public schools nowadays," said Cliff Moses, Interim Superintendent at the New York State School for the Deaf. "So they can be home with their friends."

The school is Pre-K through 12th Grade, so most of the students who graduated Friday have been attending in Rome since they were little kids.

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