Charles County Public Schools held its 33rd annual Adult Education Program graduation on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Westlake High School. There were 197 student graduates and the following students attended the ceremony:
Diplomas were presented to the following graduates: Melba Jean Alston, Erin Battle, Rosemary Black, Savannah Bowling, Michelle Renee Brown, Silvia Bonilla Castillo, Patricia Lee Caravantes-Lopez, Angela Christine Chase, Susie Katherine Chavis, Travis Allen Cooper, Tamika Sherlle Cunningham, Hansel Carlton Davis, Katherine Vivian Davis, Jon Deemer-White, Matthew Louis Dixon, Ardoine Docteur, Gary Maurice Dorsey, Jr., Melinda Drumm, Lynda Denise Dyson, Tiara Shante Evans, Felicia Lorraine Fewell, Daniel Finch, Brenay Fomby, Victoria Lynn Ford, Joan Angela Forgue, Devin Gallahan, Tanika Shaqueie Hampton, Jamar Hawkins, Beverly O'Neil Higgins, Lerronna Evette Hillard-Green, Michael Jay Hinnart, Jacqueline S. Huntley, Elsa S. Ingles, Kim Terese Johnson, Amber Kellar, Agnes Veronica King, David King, Joseph Kotvis, Jean Pierre Lahargoue, II, Panida Lamb, Doreatha Lilly, Flor Maldonado, Yara Morales, Barbara Napier, Richard A. Payne, Sr., Kristopher J. Phifer, Dwana S. Poole, Lisa M. Racer, Jonathan Seifert, Cassandra Melenice Smith, Garrison Clark Smith, Richard A. Staley, Jr., Heather Steger, Gary F. Thomas, II, Laura Elizabeth Thomas, Marcellus Franklin Thomas, Nathaniel Thomas, Joel Thompson, Dionne Natalie Ward, Kyle David Washington, Sherrie Renee Washington, Regina Lynn Wathen, Rase A. Watkins, Jr., Brian C. Webb, Deborah Wedding, Brandon T. White, Latarsha Renee Wilkes, Ronnie Jerome Wills, Darrayl J. Wilson, Erin Kathleen Winfrey, Jacob Allen Wolff and Veronica Ann Yates.
Dr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, attended the event to assist with handing out diplomas to graduates and Richard Staley, Jr., was the graduate speaker for the ceremony. Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond, Board of Education Chairman Roberta S. Wise, as well as other CCPS administrators, members of the Charles County Commissioners and other local elected officials presented diplomas to students.
The General Educational Development (GED) program offers adult basic education classes, English as a second language classes, GED preparation classes and a Maryland high school diploma through GED testing. The National External Diploma Program (EDP) is for adults 18 and older who have acquired high school level skills through life experiences. These adults can earn a Maryland high school diploma through work done at home and through evaluation appointments.
The adult education programs are supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the U.S. Department of Education. Both the GED and National External Diploma programs are offered through Charles County Public Schools to county residents at the Lifelong Learning Center in Waldorf. Classes are held throughout the day and the evening. Call 301-753-1774 for more information.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.