Wake Tech Holds Record GED® and Adult High School Graduation
December 17th, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. (December 16, 2013) - A record number of students – of all ages – finally had their chance to “walk” tonight. Wake Tech Community College held its fall graduation ceremony for students who had completed the GED® exam or earned their Adult High School diploma. The event took place in the gymnasium on Wake Tech’s main campus.
The record-breaking graduation was due in part to a major change coming at the end of the year: The current, five-part GED® exam will be replaced with a new assessment in 2014. Anyone who has not completed all five parts of the old exam will have to start over.
Among the student speakers was Dulce Mendez, who turned to Wake Tech to complete the GED® exam after dropping out of high school in her freshman year. “My Wake Tech instructors never gave up on me, and I want to thank them for their patience,” Mendez said. “Now that I have completed this program, I plan to finish up my education and one day have a career in law enforcement.”
Another graduate, Jasmine Hayes, earned her Adult High School diploma and has already enrolled in Wake Tech’s Nurse Aide program. “Thank you to my mother,” Hayes said, “and to my instructors, for pushing me and reminding me that I was capable of more than I thought.”
Tonight’s ceremony honored 842 students who completed the GED® test. Graduates included migrant workers who completed their high school credential through the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Another 42 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. “You have proven to yourself and to your friends and family that you possess the commitment and determination to set and achieve goals,” Gemperlein said. “You are capable of excelling, and Wake Tech is here to help you fulfill your dreams.” Many graduates will go on to enroll at Wake Tech in the spring.
Wake Tech has the largest GED program in the state. This year, a record 1,005 students graduated from the program – more students than a large public school in Wake County. For more information about Wake Tech’s College and Career Readiness Division, which administers the GED® exam and Adult High School program, visit ccr.waketech.edu.