On June 10, Adult Basic Educationâ€™s graduation ceremony recognized fourteen of the programâ€™s 2010 GED graduates. ABE is a Community Education program of Moorhead Area Public Schools.
Two of the graduates shared their stories at the commencement exercise. Michael Elias said he regretted dropping out of school. It wasnâ€™t until more recently though that he was focused enough and had support in his life that allowed him to complete his GED. He credited the ABE teachers, his grandparents, fiancÃ©e and others for pushing him.
Samuel Eubanks, Jr. described how he had been laid off work without a high school diploma and eventually found the ABE program and staff. He said that at first he was afraid what people might think. However, now he has his GED and is enrolled at Minnesota State Community and Technical College to receive an associateâ€™s degree.
Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, told the graduates that theyâ€™ve accomplished a lot to get this far. â€œYou came in with the same goal,â€ she said. â€œTo improve yourselves through learning. By earning your GED, you have put in the time and effort necessary to improve your lives.â€
Kovash reminded the graduates that what people make of hardships and struggles are their opportunities. â€œOne of the keys to being successful in anything you do is persistence,â€ she said. â€œSuccessful people are persistent.â€
She asked the graduates to set goals that will challenge them.
â€œTonightâ€™s ceremony is about what youâ€™ve learned and about the courage youâ€™ve shown in finishing your GED,â€ Kovash said. â€œWe are confirming and affirming your quest for knowledge. Weâ€™re celebrating an important step in your journey of lifelong learning.â€