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CMC graduation ceremony honors GED recipients

From left, Addie Rascon, former student, Pauline Trujillo, Lab Assistant and student Maria De La Torre watch this years Colordao Mountain College Roaring Fork Campus Graduation Ceremony. The Ceremony was for G.E. D. and Adult High School Diploma.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Proud families and friends of GED graduates spilled out the reception room doors Wednesday night after a standing-room-only graduation ceremony.

Colorado Mountain College hosted a formal graduation for 47 adult high school diploma and graduation equivalency diploma graduates at the Blake Avenue center in Glenwood Springs.

The night was special for many of the graduates who faced a long and hard road to graduation, said CMC Developmental Studies instructor Diane DeFord.



“It is a story of great courage,” she said of the students’ journeys to graduation.

“A lot of them come out of adverse situations,” said teacher Bill Crymble.



Carlos Rico, 40, of Basalt, moved to the United States 17 years ago from Mexico and started studying for the GED test one and half years ago. Rico not only had to study for the test, but also had to face language challenges.

“I think the difference for us is the language,” he said of the Latino students graduating.

“I failed the first time, but the second time, I beat it,” he said of the test.

Jeremy Shaurette, 32, of Glenwood Springs, said he dropped out of school when he was in junior high and the graduation was an especially big night for him.

“It is a 20-year dream come true,” he said.

“They kept telling me I was smart,” he said of his GED instructors. “I didn’t think I could do it.”

It turns out that Shaurette could do it, though he was not sure how.

“God must have been with me on that math test,” he said as he accepted his diploma. “There’s no other explanation.”

Not all of the students had gone back to school for their GED; some were getting a head start.

Melissa Sanders, 16, of New Castle, went for her GED because she was anxious to get her life started.

“I want to get through college at a young age so I can start my life young,” she said.

Other graduates wanted the opportunity to explore new opportunities in their jobs and in education. The graduates have plans for everything from architectural drafting classes and medical technician school to tattoo and body piercing school.

The graduation was a big night for the graduates and the community in general, said Alpine Bank President Bob Young, the keynote speaker.

“I admire you so much,” he told the graduates. “You are the future of our community.”

For most of the graduates this is an important step in life.

“This is my first accomplishment,” said Lucas Gallegos of Snowmass, “many more to come.”

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

rgraff@postindependent.com


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