By Casey Nolen
Joplin, MO (KSDK) - As the city of Joplin prepares to observe the one year anniversary of that deadly tornado, graduation ceremonies for seniors at Joplin High School are set to begin around 7 p.m.
President Obama will deliver the commencement speech to more than 400 graduating seniors.
Families started lining up at Missouri Southern State University several hours early, and while seniors are preparing to take the next step in their journey, many homeowners who lost everything are hoping to do the same, and they're getting some much needed help.
The Missouri charity Convoy of Hope is teaming up with global green building to build a dozen houses in Joplin.
The houses will go to under-insured residents who lost everything in the May 22, 2011 tornado.
But these aren't just any houses. These are energy efficient houses that are also built to withstand Mother Nature's fury.
George Van Hosen is the contractor for Convoy of Hope.
"These homes are designed to handle 250 mile per hour wind load on the walls, and the tresses on top of the roofs and windows are designed to handle 200 mile per hour winds," said Van hosen.
Convoy of Hope plans to dedicate this home to its owner tomorrow morning. It's the first of 12 tornado-proof homes that are being built by the charity.