This year, nearly 80 students from the Lake Land College Adult Education and Pathways programs passed the GED exam. To honor their accomplishments, a cap and gown ceremony was recently held in the college theater located in the Robert K. Luther Student Center.
Lake Land College President Scott Lensink presented the keynote address, and described the great accomplishment the graduates had achieved.
“Earning a GED can be more difficult than receiving a traditional high school diploma,” explained Lensink. “Often, students have a more difficult path leading them down this route, but it makes earning the diploma all the more rewarding.”
For the class of 2013, six students received high honors, which is designated for students who score 3,000 or above on the GED exam. Special honors went to valedictorian Amanda Kriesel, Mattoon, and salutatorian Chablis Latch, Mattoon.
Additionally, this year, the LLC Adult Education GED Scholarship Award was presented to Toby Austin, Charleston.
A cake and punch reception was held after the ceremony for dignitaries, students, family and friends.
This year’s area GED graduates include:
Peter Bernaeyge, Strasburg; Katy Erwin, Bethany; Shannon Frost, Shelbyville; Alysha Hicks, Shelbyville; Kristin Hubbard, Shelbyville; David Meagher, Windsor; Craig Miller, Windsor; Samuel Nugent, Cowden; Dylan Rogers, Windsor; Eric Smith, Lakewood; Matthew Winter, Shelbyville
GED classes are offered in Arthur, Charleston, Cowden, Effingham, Marshall, Mattoon, Paris and Shelbyville. The classes are free and have open enrollment. For more information on the GED program, call 217-235-0361 or 1-800-210-5541 or visit the LLC Adult Education Center located at 1617 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon.