Edmond Public Schools seniors will graduate in commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, at the Cox Convention Center.
Commencement ceremonies will be held as follows:
10:00 a.m. – Edmond Santa Fe High School
2:00 p.m. – Edmond Memorial High School
6:00 p.m. – Edmond North High School
Among the students graduating are five sets of twins from Edmond North High School.
“It’s not uncommon to have one or two sets of twins in a graduating class of this size, but to have five sets of twins in a graduating class is highly unusual. Graduation will be that much more special for the class of 2019,” said Edmond North Principal Debreon Davis.
Also special, and an indication of just how emotionally connected the twins are to each other is the fact that most plan to attend the same college. Following graduation, Rami and Zaid Halabi will attend The University of Oklahoma and plan to room together.
“We haven’t always had the same classes, but we’ve been in band together since sixth grade, so we are very used to being together,” said Rami.
Attending University of Central Oklahoma together are Philip and Barry Stanley, fraternal twins who have been misidentified as identical twins their entire lives. “It’s our hair,” said Philip. “Our haircuts were the same for a lot of years.”
Also attending University of Central Oklahoma are Capri and Cacki Burton, who describe themselves as “best friends.”
“We were even nominated for prom queen together and lost together,” quipped Capri.
Aimee Zimmerman and Zachary Zimmerman plan to attend Oklahoma State University and study veterinary science and engineering respectively. Aimee is 15 minutes older than her brother, a fact that has always made her very proud.
Nabil and Jamil Ahmed, both salutatorians at Edmond North (whose parents used different colored armbands when they were young to tell them apart), are the only set of twins who are unsure of their college destinations. Both are on wait lists at several colleges and it won’t be until June 1 until they know for sure where they will further their educations.
“But we’ve also both been accepted to the University of Oklahoma so we could end up there together,” noted Nabil.
All of the students say that they have enjoyed their time in Edmond Schools, and many touted their teachers as “exceptional.” Capri Burton credits her teachers for inspiring her to enter the field of education.
“I had excellent teachers in Edmond Public Schools, especially in high school. That’s what pushed me to want to become a teacher,” Capri said.
A ticket is not needed for admission to graduation ceremonies. Participants and guests are encouraged to allow extra time to get to the festivities.