Wake Tech Holds GED and Adult High School Graduation
May 6th, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 6, 2013) – Dozens of students of all ages who never completed high school finally got the opportunity to celebrate a graduation. Wake Tech Community College held its spring graduation ceremony tonight for students receiving their GED or Adult High School diploma. The event took place in the gymnasium on Wake Tech’s main campus.
Among the student speakers was Robert McLean, who turned to Wake Tech to get a GED after he lost his job. “Getting my GED has given me confidence and allowed me to better my future,” McLean said. “I’m going to get a better job AND a rewarding career!”
Another graduate, Debbie Hernandez has already enrolled in college and wants to become a social worker. “Thank you to my family, friends, and instructors,” she said. “You helped me realize I can do so much more with my life.”
McLean and Hernandez were among 356 GED students who received their GED. Another 16 students received their Adult High School diploma, designed for students who left high school with five credits or less to graduate.
Wake Tech Dean Monica Gemperlein encouraged graduates to continue pursuing their educational goals. “Celebrate your achievement today, but do not stop thinking about tomorrow or the possibilities it has to offer.” Many graduates will go on to enroll at Wake Tech in the fall. Some will take advantage of the GED Link program, a 6-week college preparation course, which gives students college-readiness skills, such as financial aid assistance, and extra math and reading help.
Wake Tech has the largest GED program in the state. Last year, more than 800 students graduated from the programs – as many graduates as a large public school in Wake County. This year’s graduation is particularly meaningful as the current five-part GED exam will be replaced with a new assessment at the end of the year. Anyone still working on the old exam at that time will have to start over.