Graduating in the Riverdale High School Class of 2013 are twin sets Damitrious and Domidrick Cowser (from left), Raven and Kirstyn Miller, Briana and Ashley Adair, Jasmine and Briana Gaunt and Kamhad and Kashad Magwood.
RIVERDALE — Many may find themselves experiencing “déjà vu all over again” as they watch five sets of twin siblings cross the stage with their classmates to receive diplomas during Riverdale High School’s commencement ceremonies.
Riverdale High joins eight other schools in Clayton County Public Schools’ Operation Graduation 2013, holding individual graduations over a three-day period through Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
Riverdale High Principal Jamilla Miller-Brown will confer diplomas to 234 candidates who include twin sets Raven and Kirstyn Miller, Jasmine and Briana Gaunt, Briana and Ashley Adair, Kamhad and Kashad Magwood and Damidrick and Damitrious Cowser.
The twin sisters and brothers, all active students at Riverdale High, think of themselves as individuals who are coincidentally have a sibling with the same birth date.
“I truly believe that as the years have gone by we have created a strong bond that has been inseparable,” said Jasmine Gaunt who played soccer with sister, Briana Gaunt. “But for the most part we are individuals.”
“As with soccer, we have our moments of competing against each other to determine who is the most athletic or who is the smartest,” added Briana Gaunt. “That is not because we are twins, it’s because we are sisters.”
Kirstyn and Raven Miller said they were close but get gratification from the occasional time apart.
“I have enjoyed going to the same school as my sister because if something happens at school, I can always find her,” said Kirstyn Miller.
Her counterpart agreed.
“If we ever need something we can help each other out,” said Raven Miller.
Ashley Adair is part of two sets of identical twin sisters and brothers.
“Being a twin is still pretty unique,” said Ashley Adair. “People ask us all the time, ‘are we twins?’ We get the attention because we look alike.”
Briana Adair said there is a way to tell her apart from her sister.
“The uniqueness in being an identical twin is the ability to switch places and no one can tell the difference,” she said. “Our face is structured slightly different. My chin is broader and her face is slightly broader.”
Damidrick and Damitrious Cowser make up the other set of look-a-likes.
“In pre-k we switched classrooms on purpose just for the fun of it,” said Damidrick Cowser. “Even now some might confuse the two but they acknowledge that being older has brought with it tell-tell signs. “I have a scar on the bottom of my chin that is visible.”
Although they have been together, doing many of the same things throughout high school, Kahmad Magwood and brother, Kashad Magwood, do not believe that parting ways will be too difficult.
“This will not be a bittersweet moment for me,” said Kahmad Magwood. “I am going off to college after graduation and Kashad is not. I admit that it is going to feel a little weird, though.”
Operation Graduation 2013 schedule
Morrow High School at 1 p.m. Friday
Riverdale High School at 3:15 p.m. Friday
North Clayton High School at 5:15 p.m. Friday
Lovejoy High School at 7:15 p.m. Friday
Forest Park High School at 8 a.m. Saturday
Mt. Zion High School at 10:15 a.m. Saturday
Jonesboro High School at 12:15 p.m. Saturday
Graduation ceremonies are at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Charles Drew and Mundy’s Mill high schools held their graduations Thursday. Visit www.clayton.k12.ga.us for entrance details.