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Wallace-Dothan Holds 2018 GED Graduation


Dothan, Ala.Wallace Community College – Dothan (WCCD) held commencement ceremonies for 21 graduates of the Adult Education GED program on Sunday, April 22 at the Wallace Campus in Dothan. Thomas Merino (Valedictorian – Ozark) and Benjamin Jordan (Salutatorian – Enterprise) were recognized and spoke during graduation.

Salutatorian Benjamin Jordan, who had the second highest score on the GED class, spoke to his fellow classmates about the challenging road to complete classes and move onto the next phase. “This has been a long road for many of us,” he said. “I want to challenge you to set goals and spend your life achieving those goals.” Jordan plans to attend Florida Technical College and study Computer Information Science.

Valedictorian Thomas Merino recognized how important it is for family and friends to support a GED student. “Thank your parents, spouses, and children for their love and willingness to sacrifice for your success,” he said. “We will need continued support as we prepare for our careers.” Merino asked the families of graduates to stand, and the students applauded their thanks in unison.

In her keynote address, Leslie Reeder, WCCD dean of instructional affairs, talked about the definition of success. “Successful people have three traits: courage, drive or determination, and self-reliance,” she said. “Courageous people confront their fears and doubts. You already did this by returning to school. You have determination because you chose to sit in class. You also have self-reliance. You have jobs, children, and family, so you had a life to take care of outside of class, and you did it well.”

Wallace offers one free class to GED completers to encourage them to take the next step – furthering their education.

The GED program reaches out to everyone who endeavors to complete their high school credentials. Wallace offers one class free to GED graduates. Seventy-five percent of these GED graduates are already attending WCCD or are planning to attend. A high school diploma or equivalency is required for most jobs in today’s economy. Of the 21 graduates, four received high school diplomas through the High School Degree Option (HSDO).

Wallace Community College offers free GED preparation classes through its Adult Education program at locations in Houston, Henry, and Barbour counties. For more information on the program, call (334) 556-2373 in Dothan or (334) 619-3000 in Eufaula.

GED graduates receiving certificates were:

Brewton: Jessica Morgan Smith; Brewton: Ashley Nicole Kirkland (HSDO); Dothan: Bianca Octavia Bryant, Yolanda N. Ceron, Celeste Ty Anna Evans, Monica Graham, Mary Ann Henderson (HSDO), Devonta T. Hill; Hailey Marie Lambert, Kimu L. Ruffen, Tommia Rene Swain and Juana Tew; Enterprise: Benjamin Levi Jordan; Eufaula: Marquitta Rivers; Newton: Larenzo Octavian Reese and Breanna Wyatt; Ozark: Echo Bain, Thomas A. Merino and Tia Vance. Slocomb: Cheryl Lynn Sanchez (HSDO); and Webb: Kaitlyn I. Mestas (HSDO).

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