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Class of 2015 takes the stage

Trinity senior Marley Matlock is brought to tears by a surprise visit from her uncle Steven Briggs, a senior master sergeant in the Air Force, at graduation.
Trinity senior Marley Matlock is brought to tears by a surprise visit from her uncle Steven Briggs, a senior master sergeant in the Air Force, at graduation. Special to the Star-Telegram

Excitement and anticipation filled the air Saturday as high school seniors picked up diplomas at graduation ceremonies across Tarrant County.

Trinity and L.D. Bell high schools held ceremonies Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and seniors from the Keller school district’s four high schools — Central, Fossil Ridge, Keller and Timber Creek — walked across the stage at UT-Arlington’s College Park Center.

Trinity’s Class of 2015 comprised 716 seniors, whose families converged on downtown Fort Worth on Saturday morning.

“It is certainly an exciting day,” Principal Mike Harris said. “It is a culminating moment. It’s what everybody is looking forward to.”

Minutes before the ceremony, senior Marley Matlock learned that her uncle Steven Briggs would be cheering in the stands. Briggs, a senior master sergeant in the Air Force, made a surprise visit.

“She didn’t think he would be able to make it because he just came back from Kuwait,” said Matlock’s grandmother, Debbie Travis.

On Saturday afternoon,.L.D. Bell’s 650 seniors walked across the stage.

“The kids are excited,” Principal Jim Bannister said. “This will be the last time they will be together as a group.”

Other high schools including those in Arlington and Fort Worth have ceremonies this week.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675

Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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