RSU 13 hosted its 2010 Adult Education graduation on Friday, June 9th, a ceremony to celebrate the 46 adults who earned their high school diploma or GED this year. Graduates attending the ceremony include Kaitlyn Arsenault, Becky Chavanne, Krystal Dodge, Christopher Grout, Jessica Isakson, Joshua Keating, Annette Merrifield, Shawna Perreault, Morria Plant, Amelia Sukeforth, Jessica Tyler, and Michelle Young. Ms. Isakson was the student speaker and congratulated her peers in a touching speech. Mr. Grout and Mrs. Merrifield also addressed the audience, thanking those individuals who helped them along the way. In total, RSU 13 awarded 31 GEDs and 15 Adult Education Diplomas during the 2009-2010 school year.
Speaker of the House, Hannah Pingree, addressed graduates with an inspirational address that focused on the connection between individual successes and healthy, prosperous Maine communities. Ms. Pingree said that “having a diploma will open up more doors in your lives, present more opportunities.” She went on to acknowledge: “You all took a risk in coming back to school. None of this was easy or convenient, yet you did it. When you decided that going back to school was important to you, you took control of your future and you took a positive step forward. It may have seemed daunting at the time, but today you showed yourself that you were up to the task, and your life in the community, and your family will all be better for it. And that’s good for our entire community. Consider your success here today as a beginning, not an end.”
Ms. Pingree took a moment to honor Adult Education Director, Shannon M. Parker, for her recent recognition as a “tireless advocate and grant writer” for RSU 13. She also thanked the families of graduates, noting that support, effort and sacrifices furnished in the home were essential ingredients in student success. Ms. Pingree is the 99th Speaker of the House of Representatives and is a native of North Haven, Maine. Her speech concluded by telling graduates, “Today is about celebrating and you should feel great. But I hope tomorrow that you will feel bolstered by this success and start thinking about what your next challenge will be. I wish for each of you to take on things that you didn’t think you were capable of, and I know it will make all the difference.”
Dr. Judith Lucarelli, RSU 13 Superintendent of Schools, proudly handed out diplomas. Her remarks challenged graduates to work toward their next degree, making lifelong learning part of their personal goals: “This is an amazing group of dedicated, determined people that we honor tonight. My challenge to you tonight is that this not be the end of your learning. I urge you to continue your education in a formal way. And when you move on to your next degree, please let us know how you are doing. You prove tonight that as an adult you can be successful at school. For your whole life, be a student!”
Students earning their GED (General Education Development) Diplomas worked within RSU 13’s full time Adult Learning Center located at the McLain School, while Adult Education High School Diploma students took credit bearing classes in the evenings at Rockland District High School. Nearly 150 family members and friends of the graduates joined in the celebration. “The graduates have worked hard to overcome incredible obstacles and I hope they feel inspired by their achievement and continue their education. Earning a diploma is an incredible accomplishment, one which has the capacity to bring endless opportunities,” says Shannon M. Parker, Director of RSU 13 Adult and Community Education.
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Posted by Vanessa Richards on July 12, 2010 | Read more in: News