The State Fair Community College Adult Education and Literacy program held GED (general education equivalency) graduation at 2 p.m. May 19 in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.
More than 160 people obtained GEDs this past academic year, and more than 60 of those attended the graduation exercises.
A GED is earned by passing five high-school level exams in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
“A record number of students obtained GEDs and participated in graduation this year,” said Deb Williams, AEL director. “My office was getting calls a few days before graduation from students who had just been notified that they had passed their exams, wanting to know if they could participate in graduation. Of course, I said, ‘Yes!’”
Eleven students were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS) during the ceremony: Carmen Arnau, Marshall; Joan Call, Warsaw; Richard Grassley, Clinton; Crystal Green, Warsaw; Marian Miller, Warsaw; Stacy Niemeier, Marshall; Travis Steele, Warsaw; Amy Pangburn, Sedalia; Lucille Pearman, Clinton; William Pratt, Sedalia; and Anthony Ruselowski, Sedalia.
The mission of NAEHS is to provide meaningful recognition to deserving adult education students, improve student employment opportunities, develop student ambassadors for local adult education programs, and create adult education awareness with school administrators and state legislators. To be eligible for membership, students must have dependable attendance, a cooperative attitude and strong work ethic while obtaining their GEDs.
Three students working toward their GEDs also obtained U.S. citizenship during the year. They are Luz Corbett, Sedalia; Saul Monroy, Marshall; and Sergey Zykin, Sedalia.
Joe Gilgour, Student and Academic Support Services dean, delivered the graduation message. Graduate Dustin Sweezer, Windsor, also spoke. Sweezer was selected from nominations submitted by AEL instructors. Members of the Sedalia chapter of Altrusa International hosted a reception after the ceremony.
SFCC’s AEL program provides classes in nine counties at 23 locations. For more information, contact Williams at (660) 530-5815 or visit sfccmo.edu/ael.