Three years after opening its doors, First State Military Academy, a Marine Corps Jr. ROTC Charter School, will graduate its first class of cadets in a ceremony on the Clayton campus May 31.

The Class of 2018 started with 56 sophomores in the fall of 2015, and 41 cadets will receive their high school diploma in the ceremony.

“This is a moving time for our seniors,” said FSMA Commandant Patrick Gallucci. “They have endured three years of challenges to be sitting here today. They have worked together to help build a school. There are few out there who can make such a claim. These cadets took a chance on a promise of attending a different school, and they have a profound sense of accomplishment for being the first class to graduate from First State on May 31.”

The guest speaker will be Colonel Robert G. Oltman, USMC (Ret.), National Director, Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Programs.

The class representative (class president) is Noah Berman.

Destiny Marshall and Priscilla Gorman are the seniors with the highest grade average.