ROCKLAND — RSU 13 Adult and Community Education held its graduation event on Thursday, June 15, at Rock City Café to celebrate those who earned their high school credential by successfully completing the HiSET® (formerly GED®) high school equivalency exam, or by completing a credit-based diploma program.
Of this year’s twelve Adult Ed graduates, whose ages spanned from 17 to 39, seven were able to participate in the ceremony. Along with families, friends, and Adult Ed staff, graduates were joined by RSU 13 Superintendent of Schools John McDonald and Director of Adult and Community Education Christy Monroe; Maine’s State Director of Adult Education, Megan Dichter; members of the RSU 13 School Board; and Gerry Stone of One Community Many Voices who presented the graduates with a “High-Five” gift bag for a job well-done.
“We are very proud of these adult learners who made the commitment this year to earning their high school diploma,” said Christy Monroe, Director of Adult and Community Education. “Our staff is incredibly grateful to share in celebrating their accomplishments.”
The ceremony featured two student speakers who shared their personal stories of resilience and determination. Ainsley Leblanc and Susanna Bergdoll each spoke about their experiences with education and what led them to this nontraditional path.
Leblanc said: “Doing this [diploma program] as an adult gave me a different kind of appreciation.”
Bergdoll said: “Now that that chapter in my life is done, I’m able to move forward with such confidence, knowing what I am worth, what I am capable of.”
RSU 13 Adult and Community Education offers a variety of programs; including, High School Completion; College and Career Access, Tutoring and Advising; Digital Literacy; and English Language Learning classes for Multilingual Learners. All classes are available to Maine residents with most offered at no charge. Summer high school completion Learning Center hours begin on July 6th. Classes and activities for Multilingual Learners are available now and throughout the Summer. To find out more visit RSU13.maineadulted.org.