I want to relate what one of my GED students said at the jail today. He said he had some good news to tell. He had just heard that there is a GED graduation ceremony for the students who earned their GEDs. Not only that, but the GED graduates get to wear caps & gowns during the ceremony. That part means a lot to him. He had promised his mother that he would someday wear a cap and gown for graduation. He would be the first one of his brothers and sisters to do so. The others had their GEDs, but none of them had worn a cap and gown. When he dropped out of high school, he said that it really hurt him that he was breaking his promise to his mother that he would wear a cap and gown. Now he has the chance to do so. I firmly believe that he will get his GED this spring. He seems to have the ability to do so. They take pictures of each GED graduate in their caps and gowns and with them holding their certificates. My student said he will not tell his mother about the cap and gown. He wants her to be surprised when she sees his picture. He also said that she will probably cry when she sees the picture.
I always look forward to GED graduation. All of the graduates have overcome so much to earn their GEDs. This next graduation will be even more significant. A student will be fulfilling a promise to his mother. How special is that? You can see why I see GED graduates as such special people. Getting those GED certificates mean so much to them, much more than we will ever know.