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Adult Education Participants Celebrate at Recognition Ceremony

Release Date: 10/8/2012

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

Carroll Communty College Adult Education Participants Celebrate Accomplishments at Recognition Ceremony

Westminster, Md., —Thirty students in the Adult Education program operated by Carroll Community College (Carroll) will participate in a recognition ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Theater in the Scott Center. This is the fifth annual ceremony the college has organized for adults who have completed General Education (GED), National External Diploma Programs (NEDP), and earned their high school diplomas.

Commissioners Doug Howard and Haven Shoemaker will attend and will offer congratulatory remarks. Family and friends of students have been invited to attend the ceremony.

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

Speakers include 31-year-old Melody Blades of Eldersburg who completed the National External Diploma Program and earned her diploma to not only set an example for her four children, but to also be able to better support them financially. She is currently pursuing an associate’s degree at Carroll. She also has plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics and multimedia design in order to work as a web designer.

Another speaker is Victor Karaffa, a 23-year-old from Westminster, who attended classes and then passed the GED Exam. Karaffa has overcome great obstacles. He was placed in the foster care system when he was 12 years old and was adopted a year later. Victor left school at age 18, in order to get a job to support himself. While in our program, Karaffa experienced job loss and
homelessness. Karaffa now has full-time employment as a fabricator for The Beveled Edge Marble and Granite company in Westminster. Karaffa is currently exploring his options for further career training.

“It is so special to have the opportunity to publicly recognize the achievements of our graduates at this event,” said Becki Maurio, director of the Adult Education Program. “We look forward to celebrating the graduates’ accomplishments together with their friends and families.”


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