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McCaughey Septuplets of Iowa Graduate, Set Off With Diverse Future Plans

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By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 01:39 PM

The McCaughey septuplets graduated from high school Sunday, 18 years and six months after making history as the first surviving set of septuplets in the world.

Brandon, Joel, Nathan, Kenny Jr., Natalie, Alexis, and Kelsey accepted their diplomas from Carlisle High School in Iowa, The Des Moines Register reported.

Alexis and Natalie were recognized as part of the National Honor Society, and Natalie ranked among the academic top 15 percent of the class.

The newspaper posted photos of the graduation ceremony and described the siblings walking with their peers onto the school’s football field for the graduation ceremony, as well as reuniting with their parents afterward for a group photo.

The siblings, born Nov. 19, 1997, declined media interviews about their graduation, but they spoke to KCCI-TV in November as they turned 18.

At the time, the siblings described diverse pathways they had planned after graduation, ranging from the military to college.

Brandon enlisted into the Army and was set to begin 14 weeks of basic training June 1, KCCI reported. Kenny planned to work in construction. Kelsey aimed for a career in music. Alexis was headed for a local community college with aspirations of working in a preschool. Natalie, Joel, and Nathan planned to attend Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, which has previously promised the siblings a free education. Natalie was interested in early childhood education and Joel and Nathan were considering computer sciences.

"I'm definitely going to miss everybody being so close to everyone," Kenny Jr. told the station. "It's going to be hard just to see us all go, especially my brother Brandon going into the military. Him and I were the closest. I'm going to miss him a lot."

Parents Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey told The Des Moines Register last fall that they were bracing for an empty nest.

"It will be pretty drastic," Bobbi said at the time. "Everyone gone all at once."

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