Graduations come at different times for different people, and this is even more true for non-traditional students. Wearing a cap and gown and earning that diploma or degree is a milestone, regardless of age or previous experience.
On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, students from Dearborn, Ripley, and Franklin County Adult Education Programs and their guests celebrated those who graduated from high school equivalency.
Ivy Tech hosted the graduation ceremony and each graduate received a scholarship from Ivy Tech that covers tuition and books for their first class. Three graduates were able to attend in person and approximately 50 family and community members came out to celebrate. The Phi Beta Psi Sorority provided refreshments, and the Honorable Judge Sally McLaughlin of Dearborn/Ohio County Circuit Court II, the keynote speaker, shared highlights of her personal story and words of wisdom from her dad.
River Valley Resources, the state-approved provider of adult basic education and English-language learning programs for 12 southern Indiana counties, offers free classes and training for adults who don’t cannot complete their secondary education in the traditional way. Students study with teachers and other students to prepare for the high school equivalency exam, which most people still think of as a GED.
Not everyone follows the same path to achieve their goals, but these individuals have persisted despite many personal obstacles. Their stories are truly inspiring.
To learn more about RVR’s Adult Education Program or to follow individual student stories, contact social media (on Facebook at RVRAdultEd), visit the website https://www.rivervalleyresources.com/education -training or call Mandi at 855-591-7849.