AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Education awarded high school diplomas to seven students in a Blaine House ceremony today.

It was the largest group of students to receive diplomas through the state since the Legislature passed a law establishing a special process in 2007, said David Connerty-Marin, department spokesman.

Under the law, the state may issue diplomas to students whose education was disrupted by hospitalization, homelessness and other causes.

All of the students demonstrated that they met the educational standards outlined in the Maine Learning Results, but they were unable to meet specific graduation requirements of their local school districts.

Six of the students who received diplomas are: Nicole Adams of Monmouth, Mikayla Damon of Portland, Alexander King of Freedom, Jesse Knox of Windsor, Ryan Tolman of Ellsworth and Benjamin Felker.

Acting Education Commissioner Angela Faherty and first lady Karen Baldacci awarded the diplomas.