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Summer high school grads get diplomas

— Summer graduates of Clayton County’s nine public high schools will receive their diplomas from Superintendent Edmond Heatley Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro.

The keynote speech will be given by Raheem Beyah, an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, who will talk about perseverance, hard work, dedication, dreams and the next chapter after graduation.

Beyah leads the Communications Assurance and Performance Group at Georgia Tech and is a member of the Communications Systems Center. In addition to holding engineering degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and Georgia Tech, he’s edited several respected technical publications. He received the National Science Foundation Career award in 2009 and was selected to serve on a specialized Computer Science Study Panel in 2010. His research interests include network security, wireless networks, network traffic characterization and performance, and security visualization.

Also participating in the ceremony are area superintendents Susan Patrick and Anthony Smith, administrator Tamera Foley and all high school principals and their lead counselors.