Six inmates graduate with GEDs

May. 19, 2013 @ 05:45 AM

Six inmates at the Rutherford Correctional Center reached a milestone recently when they earned their GEDs from Isothermal Community College.

The program allows the inmates to complete their high school studies while detained. The aim is to provide a constructive educational experience for the inmates in hope that they will continue on a positive path when released.

Dr. Kim Gold, vice president of Academic and Student Services and Institutional Assessment at Isothermal, shared some words of encouragement with the new graduates.

The 2013 graduates were Aaron Collins, Keith Hamilton, Joseph Smith, Bobby Terry, Travis Warren and Wesley Williams.

Thad Harrill, the college’s vice-president of Community and Workforce Education and Institutional Advancement, welcomed the students to the ceremony.

The college’s president, Walter Dalton, introduced Gold and congratulated the graduates.

George Peebles, College and Career Readiness coordinator, presented the candidates to Donna Hood, Isothermal’s dean of Continuing Education, who awarded the diplomas.

Music was provided by pianist Rinda Wilson. A reception with light refreshments for the graduating inmates and their families followed the ceremony.