COLUMBIA – Lexington-Richland School District Five held its Class of 2017 Adult Education graduation ceremony at Irmo High School’s Center for the Arts on June 29.
“We try to make this day special for our graduates,” said Dr. Kathie Greer, District Five’s Director of Adult Education. “Graduation was always special for high school graduates, but for these students, it means a bit more because of the challenges they’ve had to overcome. I understand how difficult it can be for them to continue on with their education.”
Of the 73 graduates, the following achievements were recognized at the ceremony: 15 high school diplomas were earned, 55 high school equivalency diplomas were earned, three South Carolina paraprofessional certifications were earned and 59 National Career Readiness certifications were earned.
“This is something I have worked so hard to achieve for three years and it is finally here,” said Marissa Flannery, who received a certified nursing assistant scholarship. “I really hope that I can take these experiences I have learned from and put forward towards a career in nursing.”
Graduates like Andrew Miller were so happy to see this day finally arrive because at one point, he was not sure if it would come.
“It is such a great feeling to make it here because once upon a time, this was a hopeless feeling,” Miller said. “Now I can put my focus towards welding school which is something I’ve been passionate about since I was eight years old.”
District Five school board chairman Robert Gantt was in attendance and offered his thoughts.
“It is a proud day for these students to walk across the stage and receive their diploma,” Gantt said. “Not everyone takes the same path, but these individuals made it a priority to finish what they started. We commend Dr. Greer and her entire staff in the Adult Education department for ensuring that District Five is indeed a district that specializes in second chances!”