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BOYDS, Md. – It is graduation season for high school students across the country, but Friday was especially unique for those in Montgomery County.

The graduates received their high school diplomas while behind bars. The Montgomery County Correctional Facility partners with Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools to give inmates the same education they would get if they were not incarcerated. Family and friends came to the ceremony Friday as the graduates beamed with pride.

“It was really great. I never felt that before in my life. I’m just thankful to be here today,” said graduate Keon Taylor.

The graduates received a scholarship of up to $1,500 to attend Montgomery College when they are released.

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