JCJC’s GED graduates celebrate with special ceremony

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-07-18 10:12:18

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s GED program will be awarding 404 students with a diploma at a special commencement ceremony on Monday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in the M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium. Guests of the 94 students who will be participating in the graduation ceremony will also discover who the top scoring individuals from each of JCJC’s eight county GED centers. These students will be awarded JCJC scholarships.  
 
The GED graduation keynote speaker will feature GED graduate and now doctor of education, Krista M. LeBrun who is the director of e-Learning at Meridian Community College where she began her college career. Our student speaker and new, GED graduate will be 47 year-old Mary Ratcliff of Ellisville who currently lives in Stonewall.  With plans to further her education, she wants to speak at graduation in an effort to encourage someone else to pursue their dreams even at an older age. The mother of five children and seven grandchildren said she dropped out of high school to earn a living and had always intended on finishing school.  She started working on her GED in 2003 but her husband became sick with cancer.  After he passed away in 2010, Ratcliff returned to the Clarke County GED program part-time to pursue her education. 
 
For more information about JCJC’s GED program call 601-477-5403.

 

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