As graduates received their diplomas during New Albany High School's commencement ceremony last week, the surname Tennenbaum was repeated four times.

As graduates received their diplomas during New Albany High School's commencement ceremony last week, the surname Tennenbaum was repeated four times.

It was not an error.

Jordan, Joseph and Lauren Tennenbaum, 17-year-old triplets, and their cousin, James Tennenbaum, 18, were among the seniors graduating Saturday, June 6, at the Battelle Grand Ballroom in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

James, the son of Will and Stacy Tennenbaum, has been enrolled in the New Albany-Plain Local School District since kindergarten.

His cousins, who are the children of Chuck and Cathy Tennenbaum, moved into the district as freshmen.

Cathy Tennenbaum said when the family decided to move to New Albany, just before the triplets' freshman year seemed the appropriate time.

Chuck Tennenbaum said he was impressed with the students at New Albany High School, whom he said "just opened their arms and welcomed them."

Joseph said although he and Jordan had played in a traveling soccer league and had many friends in New Albany, they easily made more new friends.

"The transition was smooth," Lauren said. "We were lucky our cousin is in our grade. He helped us navigate at first."

The triplets said they liked the size of New Albany High School, which had 320 graduates last week and an enrollment of about 1,300 students as of the most recent state report card.

Joseph said some of his friends who go to Gahanna Lincoln High School have told him they see students walking in the hallways they've never seen before.

At New Albany High School, most of the students know each other, Jordan said.

Lauren said many students have gone to New Albany-Plain Local schools their entire lives.

Jordan said the four Tennenbaums didn't cause too much confusion until their senior year when he, Lauren and James ended up in one of the same classes.

Cathy Tennenbaum said although the triplets are different in personality, they have remained close, which might make it difficult for them in the fall.

Jordan said in three months, he and his siblings will start all over again, making new friends at the colleges they plan to attend.

Jordan plans to study biology, chemistry and pre-medicine at Miami University; Joseph plans to study business at the University of Cincinnati; and Lauren will study business and fashion at the University of Arizona.

"It will be weird next year," Joseph said.

Their cousin, James, will be closer to the boys than Lauren. James said he plans to attend Otterbein University, where he will play baseball and study sports management.

He said it was "pretty neat" to be at New Albany High School with his cousins.

James has a younger sister, Jennifer, who will be a freshman at New Albany High School in the fall.