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Obama Will Address Joplin, Mo., Graduates

By The Associated Press — March 13, 2012 1 min read

President Barack Obama will speak at this year’s high school graduation ceremony in Joplin, the Missouri city recovering from a devastating tornado a year ago.

The White House said the president will deliver remarks at the May 21 commencement.

Mr. Obama last visited Joplin in May, days after the tornado hit. More than 160 people were killed, including seven students and one staff member at the high school, making it the nation’s deadliest tornado in decades.

The tornado struck less than an hour after the 2011 graduation ceremonies at Joplin High School.

With much of the school leveled, this year’s seniors have been attending classes at a nearby mall.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 14, 2012 edition of Education Week as Obama Will Address Joplin, Mo., Graduates

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