Samaria Rice received her son’s diploma during the district’s summer commencement at the East Professional Center.
“I want to thank CMSD for this, this means everything to me… It has always been my goal and my mission to make sure all my kids have a high school diploma ’cause I was not able to obtain one when I was in school,” she said after the ceremony.
More than 50 seniors also graduated during this year’s summer ceremony.
“The Cleveland Metropolitan School District will confer an honorary diploma in remembrance of Tamir Rice, who would have graduated in spring of this year had his life not been tragically cut short in 2014,” the district said.
Tamir Rice was 12 years old when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer outside the Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014.
“I only have the image of a 12-year-old child, my son,” Samaria said. “I don’t know what he would have looked like as a young adult, a teenager, or anything like that, so it’s very emotional.”
She said they are still fighting for justice for Tamir.