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340 Utah Inmates Earning Diplomas

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File photo of a graduation ceremony. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Utah prison officials say 340 inmates will be awarded high-school degrees in a ceremony this week.

The men and woman will cover their prison garb with gowns and blue or gold caps for a ceremony at Utah State Prison on Wednesday.

Former Brigham Young University and San Francisco 49ers running back Jamal Willis will deliver a keynote speech on overcoming adversity.

Among those taking a prison degree is Jerry Vigil, who is set to be released from prison this fall.

The 38-year-old Vigil says he was too busy being a gang member to graduate from Salt Lake City’s West High School.

Vigil says the diploma will help him get a job and set an example for his five children.

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