July 19, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 19, 2018)—More than 25 students graduated this summer from Tallahassee Community College’s GED program. This milestone was celebrated with a graduation ceremony on July 12 attended by eight students.
The ceremony was held on TCC’s main campus in the Workforce Development Ballroom. A proud audience of family, friends and faculty members applauded the graduates as they entered the ballroom gleaming with pride in their accomplishment.
The celebration included an uplifting speech from student speaker Brianna Carter and a motivating keynote speech by TCC’s own Franqua “Q” Bedel, who coached the TCC women’s basketball team to the NJCAA national championship this spring.
Coach Q reminded the students that their GED graduation is not the end of their success story. “Eyes have not seen and ears have not heard the greatness that you will become,” he said.
The winner of the Dream Big Scholarship, Katelynn Kever, was announced during the ceremony. The scholarship is awarded to a new GED graduate who goes on to enroll in a college-credit program at TCC. It is sponsored by Richard and Karen Moore in honor of Karen’s mother, Pearl Lamb Batchelor, who had to drop out of school in the fifth grade to work in the tobacco fields to help support her family. Batchelor went back to school at age 72 to earn her GED diploma.
Kever will be enrolling in the Associate in Arts degree university transfer program at TCC. She eventually plans to attend Full Sail University to earn her bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Business.
The GED program’s top academic students were valedictorian Henry Rasmussen and salutatorian Da Chen.
For many GED graduates, the next step will be to enroll in TCC’s university transfer degree program or one of its many career programs.