By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Department of Adult Education held the Class of 2020 Commencement on Thursday July 30 at Faith Walterboro. Sixteen graduates were presented diplomas by John Tindal, Colleton County School District interim superintendent.
The invocation was given by graduate Terrance Johnson, followed by the greeting from Jemaesha Coleman.
Class of 2020 graduate Patricia Duval gave the graduate’s message thanking the staff of CCSD Adult Education, family and friends.
“First of all, I would like to thank my family and friends who pushed me to reach my goals,” said Duval. “I would also like to thank the teachers and staff who also never gave up on me and reached out each time I wanted to quit. You all had faith in me — so I want to thank you for that. To my fellow classmates, we all have one thing in common, we all have a South Carolina High School credential. We all have diverse backgrounds that prevented us from graduating high school, but we did not give up. We did not take no for an answer. This is a steppingstone to greater things and an example to others.”
Chris Horvath, Adult Education director, spoke to the graduates and crowd in attendance stating that since 2003, Colleton County Adult Education has served over 5,000 adult learners. “Our leaders seated here this evening represent the Colletonians, who this year alone, earned 21 S.C. high school equivalency diplomas, four S.C. high school diplomas and 111 S.C. career readiness certificates, to include 62 gold and silver.
“Graduates, I see the future in each of you and I sense the amazing things you will do with your lives,” said Horvath. “In achieving your destiny, let your drive and determination pave your way, and understand you were created to be great. Always keep in mind you are equipped to meet any challenge you face. I am immensely proud of each of you.”
Jaime Fitch shared a poem entitled “Dare to Dream” by Julie Anne Ford and was followed by a message given by Jessica Williams, assistant school district superintendent.
The Class of 2020 Adult Education graduates included Amaya Bunton, Jemaesha Coleman, Polly Covington, Winter Dodd, Patricia Duval, Kristina Fisk, Kenneth Garris Jr., Natasha Jacovino, Terrance Johnson, Bailey Lesesne, Patrick Mack, Kendra Moultrie, Jennifer Neuroth, Robert Neuroth, John Thompson and Ivy Wellington.