School's mistake keeps senior from graduation ceremony

Many southeast Texas seniors will walk the stage tonight and tomorrow to get their diplomas, but a Port Arthur student was given word only 3 hours before taking the stage that he wouldn't be allowed to walk.

It was a moment that Shomari Delaney says he dreamed about as a young boy and even though he was told 30 minutes before the ceremony that he had in fact made all the requirements, Port Arthur ISD administrators said they still couldn't let him walk.

Delaney and his mother Tracie Miller say Memorial High School and the Port Arthur Independent School District made a mistake when looking over his transcript.

According to Delaney, counselors at the school claimed he was missing a freshman math credit.

The school district in response would not allow the football captain to graduate in Wednesday's ceremonies.

Only moments before the ceremony, the PAISD said it made a mistake

Delaney got his diploma Thursday, but says the emotional scars of not walking the stage with friends remain.

"It made me feel bad. I was hurt. I try not to show my emotions like that... but my mama and my family could see that I was hurt," says Delany.

Delaney says he plans on attending Lamar University, and hopes to walk across the stage to get his college diploma in the future.


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