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Drinkwater dropped out of school in the middle of his sophomore year at North to go to work. Lately, he has worked 50 hours a week at Lou's Custom Exhaust in Nashua and put in another 12 hours a week at the night school to earn his diploma.

"It's a good example for the baby. You have to have a high school diploma to get a job. So, I'm proud of him, and (Brayden's) proud of him even if he doesn't realize it."

60 graduate from Nashua Community Adult School

Armed with that, Drinkwater wants to open his own Lou's franchise somewhere in the area.

Drinkwater, 22, of Nashua, was one of 60 students who received their high school diplomas at the Nashua Community Adult School graduation held at Nashua High School North on Friday night. It may have taken longer, but Drinkwater was feeling the way graduates everywhere do on this big day.

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"I feel good. I feel excited. I finally did it," he said moments before walking into the school's auditorium with his classmates. "It was hard, but I did it."

Amber Krasucki is a perfect example. Long before being named the class' student speaker Friday night, Krasucki was planning to graduate in 1998. When she didn't have enough credits to do so, she dropped out.

"Students need more than one path through life sometimes. We're going to stick with them through all of that."

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Most of the graduates dropped out of high school, sometimes more than a decade ago, for a variety of reasons. Many are single parents, she said, but all Chicago Bulls Cap of them have had to overcome obstacles most traditional high school students don't have to confront until later in life.

Those people in the audience watching their loved ones graduate recognized that. They, too, expressed much the same emotions moms and dads at graduations earlier this spring did chiefly, pride.

"I realized how important having an education would be in my life," Krasucki said. "I felt like a part of me was missing, and I needed to feel whole."

Friday at age 32.

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"There were certainly times when it was stressful, but going to school was my own personal escape," she said. "And now, 13 years later than my original graduation date, I stand before you a high school graduate."

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Stories like that are common among the graduates of the night school program, said Michelle Papanicolau, director of adult education for the Nashua School District.

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"It's absolutely amazing. Everyone comes with their own unique story," Papanicolau said. "They're New Era Minnesota North Stars

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Superintendent Mark Conrad said the adult school graduation is special to him because it reflects the district's commitment to educating all students, not just those for whom the traditional high school model fits.

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the night school program briefly in 2001. It was when her children were born that she "did some growing up" herself, she said.

For Corey Drinkwater it has been a longer road to graduation than for most students. But crossing the finish line felt just as good.

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able to overcome challenges. It's what education is all about."

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"I think all of these students have stepped up to the plate to get past challenges to graduate," Conrad said. "I think these students have learned lessons our graduates from last week haven't learned yet.

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"I'm proud of him," Victoria Gaarder said. She was there with her 4 month old son, Brayden Gaarder Horvath, to watch her boyfriend, Steven Horvath, graduate.

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