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Graduate candidates, family and friends attend East Central University commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Kerr Activities Center.
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Joy Bates and M. D. Bates pose Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 in the dining room at Hamilton's Catfish Landing.
Ada News photo by Richard R. Barron