A record 171 people obtained GEDs this past academic year through the State Fair Community College Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program and were honored May 18 at graduation exercises the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.
A GED is earned by passing five high-school level exams in reading, writing, math, science and social studies.
Seven students were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society during the ceremony: Dennis Callahan, Lawrence Carter and Jessica Coffel, all of Sedalia; Jennifer Duncan and Oscar Linares, both of Marshall; Jessica Dunnington, of Appleton City; and Joel Smith, of Warrensburg.
To be eligible for membership, students must have dependable attendance, a cooperative attitude and strong work ethic.
Nine students working toward their GEDs also obtained U.S. citizenship during the year. They were Maria Ballew, Ana Daisy Garcia, Ana Garzon, Mario Monroy, Milagros Monroy, Marlo Quintana, Tomasa Sotelo, Maria Tinoco and Juan Torres, all of Marshall. This was a record for the program.
Dr. Brent Bates, vice president for educational and student support services, delivered the graduation message and Dr. Marsha Drennon, president, welcomed graduates and guests. Graduates Tyler Tubbs and Ashley Johnson, both of Sedalia, also spoke.
Members of the Sedalia chapter of Altrusa International hosted a reception after the ceremony.