Among the Metro Atlanta graduations taking place, there is one very unique ceremony that may have you seeing double, over and over again.
Clayton County’s Riverdale High School will graduate five sets of twins during the Friday, May 24 ceremony. The ten students are among 234 candidates walking across the stage to receive their diplomas during the afternoon exercise.
The twins are: Raven and Kirstyn Miller, Jasmine and Briana Gaunt, Briana and Ashley Adair, Kamhad and Kashad Magwood, and Damidrick and Damitrious Cowser.
Riverdale Principal Jemilla V. Miller-Brown says they were good student and participated in school organizations and sports.
While the twins say they are always seen together, high school has allowed them to develop as individuals.
Jasmine Gaunt, who played soccer all year with her sister, Briana says, “I truly believe that as the years have gone by we have created a strong bond that has been inseparable, but for the most part we are individuals.”
“As with soccer,” Briana said, “we have our moments of competing against each other to determine who is the most athletic or who is the smartest. That is not because we are twins, it’s because we are sisters.”
Kirstyn and Raven Miller think much the same as other doubles, and they share the gratification of being apart from one another at times. Kirstyn says “I have enjoyed going to the same school as my sister, because if something happens at school, I can always find her.”
Raven agrees, “If we ever need something we can help each other out.”
Ashley Adair, among two sets of identical twins in the group says, “Being a twin is still pretty unique.”
Damidrick and Damitrious Cowser make up the other set of look-a-likes. Ashley says they get a lot of attention because they look alike. Sometimes it’s too hard for people to believe.
“People ask us all the time, ‘are we twins?
And of course identical twins have fun trading places because people can’t easily tell who is who.
Damidrick Cowser says he and his brother tested that theory out at an early age, allowing themselves to be mistaken for each other on purpose.
Cowser says, “In pre-k we switched classrooms on purpose just for the fun of it.” Even now some might confuse the two, but they acknowledge that being older has brought with it tell-tell signs.
Damitrious says today, “I have a scar on the bottom of my chin that is visible.”
Although they have been together, doing many of the same things throughout high school, Kahmad Magwood and brother, Kashad, do not believe that parting ways will be too difficult to do.
“This will not be a bittersweet moment for me,” says Kahmad. He will be going off to college after graduation and his twin kashad is not.
“I admit that it is going to feel a little weird, though.” says Kahmad.
But with age comes change. And not matter how far apart they travel, these five set of twins will always share a special bond that makes this graduation so unique.