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12 receive GEDs at GCC

  • —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Thursday, November 01, 2018
Staff Report

Twelve cap and gown clad adults stood in line for the solemn and proud graduation march into the Cohn Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College this week.

The graduates, who ranged in age from 17 to 66, received their HiSET, formerly known as GED.

Each fall, GCC holds a graduation ceremony for them. Most studied in the classrooms of The Literacy Project in Greenfield, Orange, Amherst, Northampton and Ware, but some of the graduates studied on the their own to pass the HiSET test. Students at The Literacy Project prepare for the HiSET test by studying in five subject areas, reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

The Cohn Dining hall was packed with family and friends, teachers and supporters during the ceremony. Kate Devlin, coordinator of Student Assessment at GCC and HiSET test examiner, was master of ceremonies.

Judith Roberts, executive director of The Literacy Project, quoted from the Naladiyar, an ancient Tamil script, “Learning is the best of all wealth; it is easy to carry, thieves cannot steal it, and tyrants cannot seize it; neither fire nor water can destroy it; and far from decreasing, it increases by giving.”

She encouraged the graduates to continue on their journey of education and discovery.

GCC Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs, Catherine Seaver, told the graduates she hopes they will continue their education at GCC.

Elisha Cox, student speaker, who graduated from The Literacy Project in Amherst said, “We all take unique paths in life, and that’s our strength. We are strong, resilient, determined and unstoppable. All of these qualities will help us make a difference in the world. With the help of The Literacy Project, I have grown into the person that I once only dreamed of becoming.”

Sheriff Christopher Donelan, the keynote speaker, reminded the graduates of their duty to participate in democracy and cited John Adams as saying that education is the cornerstone of democracy.

The two Greenfield Community College Tricia Donovan Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Michael Heitke-Felbeck and Jacqueline Otero.