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GED graduates recognized at commencement ceremony

Friday, February 14th, 2014

On Feb. 6, Adult Basic Education’s graduation ceremony recognized 17 of the program’s 2014 GED graduates. ABE is a Community Education program of Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Two graduates shared their remarks at the commencement exercise. Ronald Melcher Jr. acknowledged that his graduation was 40 years in the making, and that while it took him a long time to finish, he didn’t quit and is proud of his accomplishment. Karlie Kemp tried public and online schools before starting at Adult Basic Education to prepare for her GED. She thanked the ABE teachers for their support and announced her plans to attend college in the fall.

Lauri Winterfeldt, Community Education director for Moorhead Area Public Schools, recognized the contributions of Marjo Lysne, GED coordinator, who is retiring after 29 at the helm of the GED program in Moorhead, and Bonnie Herman, Adult Basic Education program manager, who is retiring in August. Herman has been a part of 20 GED graduations in the district.

Winterfeldt reminded the graduates that Lysne, Herman and many other people — including the clerical staff registering them for testing, the ABE instructors, and the graduates’ family members and friends — supported them on their paths to attaining their GEDs.

“The world is full of people who want to be part of your success,” Winterfeldt said, encouraging the graduates to look for those people in the next phase of their lives. “We all want to watch you succeed because when we help someone else, we feel more successful ourselves.”

Winterfeldt reminded the graduates that it is not a burden to ask for support.

“It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength when you can share your accomplishments with others,” she said.

GED graduates recognized at commencement ceremony

Monday, June 14th, 2010

On June 10, Adult Basic Education’s graduation ceremony recognized fourteen of the program’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 wasn’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, fiancée 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 associate’s degree.

Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, told the graduates that they’ve accomplished a lot to get this far. “You came in with the same goal,” she said. “To improve yourselves through learning. By earning your GED, you have put in the time and effort necessary to improve your lives.”

Kovash reminded the graduates that what people make of hardships and struggles are their opportunities. “One of the keys to being successful in anything you do is persistence,” she said. “Successful people are persistent.”

She asked the graduates to set goals that will challenge them.

“Tonight’s ceremony is about what you’ve learned and about the courage you’ve shown in finishing your GED,” Kovash said. “We are confirming and affirming your quest for knowledge. We’re celebrating an important step in your journey of lifelong learning.”