GED® Graduate Recognition Ceremony Held at Harford Community College

Thirty-one graduates were recognized on June 29, 2018, at the GED® Graduate Recognition Ceremony in Harford Community College’s Amoss Center. Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, President of the College, welcomed students and their families and commended them on their hard work and dedication to their education. Leonard Parrish, Director of Community and Economic Development for Harford County, delivered the keynote address to the graduates. HCC’s Dean of Education, Wellness, and Community Engagement, Brandy Naughton, introduced the speakers and presented the graduates with their certificates.

Four student speakers addressed their fellow students. Autumn Burgamy, Adebayo Adeniran, Lisa Smallwood, and Nathan Benson all spoke about the journey to earn their credential and their next steps, and offered encouraging words for their fellow classmates. "Having a GED® opens the door to possibilities and opportunities,” said Nathan Benson. The evening was full of inspiration that was captured in Lisa Smallwood's statement to her peers, "Something inside me said it is my turn now." Many of the students expressed an interest in continuing their education at HCC in the fall.

GED® graduates recognized at this year’s ceremony included Adebayo Adeniran, Ryley Armstrong, Zachary Belhumeur, Nathan Benson, Jesse Bodden, Autumn Burgamy, Tyia Burley, Mildred Conklin, Mahealani Donawa, Diamond Moody Dowling, Amber Ferguson, Jeffrey Gaskill, Tabitha Hagin Swedo, William Holloway Jr., Tyler Houston, Marcella Jackson Paige, Zachary Kilburn, Ja Shayla King, Jasmine King, Shanza Komal, Christina Mullins, Shawn Partain, Destiny Presbury, Nathan Remines, Lisa Smallwood, Jeremy Stollof, Taylor Upchurch, Anna von Paris, Jasmine Wilkins, Daniel Willey, and Shawnta Woodson.

The General Education Development (GED®) examination certifies that a student has achieved high school graduate-level skills and earns the student a Maryland high school diploma. Scholarships are available for eligible individuals, courtesy of the following scholarship donors: American Association of University Women (AAUW) Harford County Branch, Delta Kappa Gamma, Family & Friends in Memory of Antoinette Bram, Silva Accounting, Southern Harford County Rotary, and a number of individual contributors. 

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