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TCC hosts GED graduation ceremony June 28

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 27, 2012) – Tallahassee Community College and the Center for Workforce Development will host its annual General Education Development (GED) graduation ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 28 in Turner Auditorium.

Turner Auditorium is located in the College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. 

Seventy-eight individuals will receive their GED diploma on Thursday evening. Among the graduates are valedictorian Apollo Lambert (highest score on the GED exam), salutatorian Joseph Kennedy (second highest score on the GED exam) and honor graduates Jared Burton, Sasha Chambliss, Cherie Cook, Merideth Hatcher, John Lilly, and Sierra Miles. 

Honor graduates must score above 3000 on the GED exam. Students must score 2250 on the GED exam to receive a diploma. 

The graduation speaker will be attorney Benjamin Crump of Parks and Crump Attorneys at Law. 

The program will also feature remarks from TCC President Jim Murdaugh, Harriett Abrams, Adult Education Program Coordinator, and student speakers Quita Conyers and Laketra Lewis. 

According to Abrams, 35 of the graduates are currently enrolled or scheduled to enroll in credit courses at TCC in the fall. 

The following are some of the success stories from the GED Class of 2012: 

Maria Rhoades began the GED program in summer 2011. A newcomer to the United States, she enrolled in TCC’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program to improve her English skills. After two months, Maria transitioned to the GED program. There, she excelled in her studies and was given an opportunity to participate in a “Manpower” job search, a program that helped her land a full-time position at a local retail store. 

Laketra Lewis was an evening student in TCC’s Adult Education program while, at the same time, holding down a full-time job at a local restaurant. In addition to school and work, Laketra participated in the Home Healthcare Companion Course, a joint effort between TCC’s Adult Education Program and the Applied Health Program that prepares students to care for patients in their home. Laketra was able to complete the course, has a position as a home healthcare specialist and has her own clients. She is currently enrolled as a full-time student at TCC majoring in business management.

Quita Conyers is a woman on a mission. A single mother of four boys, Quita passed her GED exam in October 2011. While working on her GED diploma, she was also enrolled at Lively Technical Center, where she worked on her culinary arts degree. Quita is now enrolled at Kaplan University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and science.

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