Cheers, tears, hugs and applause were all part of Moraine Park Technical College’s Annual GED/HSED Graduation Ceremony, as 56 students earned their General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) certificates, June 13. Students had to pass five standardized tests in math, reading, writing, social studies and science to earn their GED/HSED. Over 300 students completed the program at Moraine Park this year.
During the ceremony two students, Christina Bogue of North Fond du Lac and Lisa Gurley of Beaver Dam, were presented with the Moraine Park Foundation Basic Education scholarship, a $500 scholarship for students pursuing further education at Moraine Park. The annual Friend of Basic Education Award was also presented to Lieutenant David Weske with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for his support of education in the Washington County Jail. This is the thirteenth year this award has been presented.
Angela Long of Hartford, one of two student speakers, delivered an inspiring speech sharing her struggle to earn her GED after having a child at age 15.
“I have been waiting for this for a long time,” Long said. “This is a huge achievement for me and it shows that it is so important to follow your dreams and never give up.”
Long also shared that her instructors at Moraine Park, especially Instructor Jessica Zappia, had a huge impact on her success.
“There were many times I wanted to give up, especially on math, but one amazing teacher, Jessica Zappia, pushed me to keep going,” Long said.
Angel Cortes of Fond du Lac, also a student speaker, provided encouraging advice to all graduates. Cortes completed her GED in 2011 and is a May 2013 graduate of the cosmetology program at Moraine Park.
“My journey began after getting my GED,” Cortes said. “At the end of the tunnel I felt very proud and strong.”
Before presenting their certificates, Dr. Sheila Ruhland, president of Moraine Park, commended students for their hard work in completing the program.
“Lifelong education will be part of your journey,” Ruhland said. “Your journey this evening hasn’t ended, it is just the beginning.”
GED/HSED tests will be changing starting January 2014. Anyone currently working on their GED or interested in earning a GED must have all five GED tests completed by Dec. 5, 2013. If all five tests are not completed by that time, candidates will be required to restart testing with the new GED tests. Previous scores will not carry over to the new tests in January 2014. The new GED tests will be computer-based and will continue to be administered at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. For more information about Moraine Park’s GED testing, visit morainepark.edu/GED.