Plymouth Adult Basic Education Holds Commencement Exercises

June 28, 2010


The annual Plymouth Adult Education GED commencement exercises held on June 27 was truly filled with pride. Deb Sherwood, assistant to the administrator, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the program served as mistress of ceremonies.

The local classes are structured to allow adult participants to prepare for an exam.Educational Development (or GED) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has high school-level academic skills in five subject areas. . The GED is sometimes referred to as a General Equivalency Diploma or General Education Diploma.

To pass the GED tests and earn a GED credential, test takers must score higher than 60 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide.

The classes of 2009 and 2010 aided 42 participants to complete the required work and successfully pass the test.

Speaking to the classes of 2009 and 2010 were GED instructors Jennifer Knebel and Bill McIntyre. Knebel said, “This is not the end. Doors are opened now to opportunities of what’s to come.”

McIntyre called those who were among the graduates “heroes”. He said, “You overcame your fears.” He also pointed out the difference between just going to a school, a building, and obtaining an education. He said, “They can’t take education away from you.”

Entertainment was provided by the choir from the Marshall County Boys and Girls Club.

Also congratulating the graduates were Plymouth Schools Assistant Superintendent Rodger Smith and Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter.