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When graduating seniors at Altamont High School tell people Evan Mecham will be this year's commencement speaker, most think they're kidding.

But it's no joke. Altamont Senior Class President Janel Davies said Friday that the recently ousted Arizona governor has accepted an invitation to speak at his alma mater's graduation May 27."The last time I spoke to him two weeks ago, he said he was coming," Davies said. "The kids are really excited about it."

Davies said no one has suggested the school withdraw its invitation for the embattled Mecham to speak.

Davies said Mecham was originally chosen as a former Altamont graduate who went on to make something of his life.

She said she originally talked to Mecham in late November or early December and he told her he'd consider it. He called her back in January and told her he'd speak.