A record 171 people obtained GEDs this past academic year through the State Fair Community College Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program and were honored May 18 at graduation exercises the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.
A GED is earned by passing five high-school level exams in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
“Making sure we had enough caps and gowns for everyone was a challenge, but it was worth every moment when the students walked across the stage,” said Deb Williams, AEL director.
Seven students were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society during the ceremony: Dennis Callahan, Lawrence Carter and Jessica Coffel, Sedalia; Jennifer Duncan, Marshall; Jessica Dunnington, Appleton City; Oscar Linares, Marshall; and Joel Smith, Warrensburg.
To be eligible for membership, students must have dependable attendance, a cooperative attitude and strong work ethic while obtaining their GEDs.
Nine students working toward their GEDs also obtained U.S. citizenship during the year, a record for the program: Maria Ballew, Ana Daisy Garcia, Ana Garzon, Mario Monroy, Milagros Monroy, Marlo Quintana, Tomasa Sotelo, Maria Tinoco, and Juan Torres, all of Marshall.
Dr. Brent Bates, vice president for Educational and Student Support Services, delivered the graduation message and Dr. Marsha Drennon, president, welcomed graduates and guests. Graduates Tyler Tubbs and Ashley Johnson, both of Sedalia, also spoke.
Members of the Sedalia chapter of Altrusa International hosted a reception after the ceremony.
SFCC’s AEL program provides classes at 23 locations in nine counties. For more information, contact Williams at (660) 596-7289 or visit sfccmo.edu/ael. Photos submitted.