Laurens County Adult Education Celebrates Graduation
Laurens County Adult Education held its annual spring graduation ceremony at the Laurens County Higher Education Center in Clinton on May 17, at 7 p.m. The Laurens District 55 High School NJROTC Color Guard presented the United States and South Carolina flags in a brief ceremony that was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Blake Harwell of First Baptist Church, Clinton, led the invocation as well as the benediction and blessing of the food for the reception that followed the ceremony. Dr. David O’Shields, superintendent of the Laurens County School District 56 Schools, was the guest speaker. Of the 46 students who graduated since May 2015, 27 were able to participate in the ceremony. The total number of graduates for 2016 almost quadrupled the number of graduates for 2015. The class of 2016 has led the way in proving that the “new” 2014 series GED tests may be more challenging, but many more students are now successfully completing their high school equivalency diplomas than students did in 2014 or 2015, when the new testing format was first implemented. Adult Education also inducted 11 current students and graduates into the local 2016 Adult Education National Honor Society class. The following people were inducted: Steven Davis, Towanda Annette Foggie, Danielle Leigh Grady, Maelena Hernandez Lobaton, Amanda Lymon, Traquanta Shidera Mills, Ana B. Morales, Mary Louise Redd, Idenary Richard, Donna Mosley Richards and Annie M. Suber. All of these students and graduates were nominated by the faculty because they exemplified a strong work ethic and dedication to their studies, as well as serving as leaders, encouragers, and motivators in their classes. Laurens County Adult Education will be enrolling new students on Monday, June 6, and Monday, July 11, for online “GED Academy” classes only. Regular classes resume on Wednesday, Aug. 17, for students who were actively enrolled in online classes as of July 1. New students may enroll for regular classes on Monday, Aug. 22. Morning classes will run from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; afternoon classes, 1-4 p.m; and evening classes, 5-8 p.m.. The Higher Education Center is the only site that hosts evening classes. Enrollment for classes at the United Ministries site in Clinton will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Those classes meet from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.