Graduation ceremony held for inmates getting GED

By: Shelby Sansone

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Graduations are a big deal for anyone involved.

But one graduation held today means a brand new world of opportunities immediately for seven men.

They got their GED diplomas while serving time in jail.

Seven men received their GED diploma Friday.

"i am so proud of my son!" Vicki Hunter, a parent, said.

But this wasn’t just any graduation, it was held at 201 Poplar, as inmates celebrated their graduation day.

"I was stunned when I found out that he was graduating. He told me he got his diploma. Then when i come to visit him one day he said mom, im graduating. I said, graduating? I didn't even know they do that," Hunter said.

"I've learned that there's an opportunity in everything. Sometimes just have to look a little harder to see it," One of the inmates said.

About a year and a half ago, Ryan Carroll decided he wanted to teach at inmates at 201.

"He called up here and just wanted to come and volunteer teaching uh some of the men here." Jacob Shock, Hopeworks’ Director, said.

Hopeworks Adult Education Program connected with him this year, helping him in the process.

"We hope that our programs both inside and outside the correction facility do nothing but grow in the coming years," Jacob Shock, Hopeworks’ director

This is the first class to graduate from the program. Another group will take their GED test on Monday.

"Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best thing that could ever happen to us," an inmate said. 

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