Despite controversy, hundreds turn out for Caleb Maler’s graduation

Grants Pass, Ore. — There were hundreds of people at Grants Pass High School on Friday. All, to see Caleb Maler graduate. Keep in mind, many of them from the Rogue Valley – but only few know Caleb.

As guests were gathering outside before the ceremony, NBC5 News asked what brought them to a graduation for someone they don’t know. Almost all of them said, he didn’t feel like a stranger. He felt like someone’s son, someone’s friend – someone they should support after earning a high school diploma.

“I just heard about it tonight, and I think it’s a phenomenal idea to honor this young man who’s graduating,” said Scott Hobbs, a guest at Caleb’s graduation.

Several people mentioned the controversy to NBC5 News of whether or not he should be included in the regular graduation.

But they all the said the bottom line is that Caleb is a young man who fulfilled all his graduation requirements, just like every other student. Separate graduation or not, they’re going to celebrate his accomplishments.

You can read previous coverage from NBC5 News on the events leading up to Caleb’s graduation here.

NBC5 News Reporter and Weather Forecaster Nikki Torres graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Strategic Communication from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

She also received a minor in Business Administration from the Washington State University Carson College of Business. Prior to coming to NBC5, Nikki was an intern at KHQ Local News, the NBC affiliate in Spokane.

She comes to Southern Oregon from the state of Washington, where she grew up just south of Seattle. She loves running, exploring the Pacific Northwest, watching a good football game and spending time with her dog, Gisele. True to her roots, Nikki is a proud WSU Cougar fan and loyal Seahawks fan.

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