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Adult Ed Participants Celebrate Accomplishments at Recognition Ceremony

Release Date: 10/11/2013

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Adult Education Participants Celebrate Accomplishments at Recognition Ceremony

Westminster, Md., Oct. 11, 2013—Thirty-four students in the Adult Education program operated by Carroll Community College (Carroll) will participate in a recognition ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Theater in the Scott Center. This is the sixth annual ceremony the college has organized for adults who have completed General Education Development (GED) or National External Diploma Programs (NEDP), and earned their high school diplomas.

Commissioners Doug Howard, Haven Shoemaker, Robin Bartlett Frazier and Richard Rothschild will attend and offer congratulatory remarks. Family and friends of students have been invited to attend the ceremony.

“I am extremely pleased with the accomplishments of this class,” said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “They have worked very diligently to pursue their education and have certainly achieved much success. I also wish to acknowledge the families and friends of our students for their wonderful support!”

The ceremony will include mother-daughter graduates Lenora Beckette and Heather Carlyle. Beckette, 41, of Sykesville attended classes with her 24-year-old daughter. In addition to studying together, they took the GED test together in December of last year, earning their diplomas in February. Since then, Carlyle has completed Certified Nursing Assistant coursework at Carroll and plans to continue her education to become a Registered Nurse.

Student speakers will present their experiences in the program and discuss the importance of receiving their high school diplomas.

Richard Thames, 47-year-old father of three of Westminster, took the GED test four times before passing in August 2013 and attributes his diploma to giving him confidence that he can do anything. He currently owns his own cleaning business and is also a minister; he aspires to become a Reverend and work with people struggling with addictions and homelessness.

Anne Marie Williams, 46-year-old mother of two of Westminster, will also speak. Anne Marie completed the National External Diploma Program and received her diploma in July 2013. She was motivated to earn her diploma to help her keep her job. Earning her diploma has boosted her self-esteem and she hopes to further her education to be able to work in case management or social work.

“Graduates complete the program, earning diplomas throughout the year. This event is an opportunity to publicly recognize their achievements and also to hear about what they have accomplished since receiving their diplomas. Graduates update us on new jobs, classes they are taking and how they have been able to talk about the importance of education more confidently with their children,” said Becki Maurio, director of the Adult Education Program. “We look forward to celebrating together with the graduates’ friends and families.”


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