IYRS graduation 'launch' is Saturday

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Students at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., will take part Saturday in the school's graduation, which is known as Launch Day.

Instead of picking up diplomas, students will climb aboard the boats they spent the past year refitting and restoring and test their workmanship on the water.

The public is welcome to join Launch Day festivities and see the craftsmanship produced by IYRS students in the two-year boatbuilding and restoration program and the one-year marine systems program.

Graduation ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at the IYRS campus inside Restoration Hall. The launching immediately follows at the IYRS docks.

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