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  There was no pomp and circumstance, no procession with classmates, but on Friday a school district in Illinois finally handed Alva Early his high…

(CNN) -- The starting gun has been shot. I can't unwear the gown, unwalk the aisle or unshake the dean's hand. My identity has been profoundly changed by a piece of paper, a diploma that hereby certifies that I graduated from Rutgers University. There is no going back. Now what?