KOAM reports that one of my favorite former students Kagan Hoffman made certain that her friend and classmate was a part of his commencement ceremony:
Senior Kagan Hoffman brought a photo of Zach Williams, her classmate that passed away in the Joplin tornado. Hoffman spotted an empty chair and passed it along to place there. A very public battle between Joplin schools and the family of Zach Williams took place in the months leading up to graduation on how his death should be honored. The school declined the request to save a seat for Williams.
"I saved a seat for Zach because I felt that no matter what he was a part of our class, and any parent would want to see their child be acknowledged for their academic achievements, he definitely deserved a spot in our graduating class even if he didn't finish," Hoffman said.
My guess is that a large number of Kagan's classmates saw things exactly the way she did.
(Bottom photo- Kagan Hoffman with her father, Michael Hoffman)