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Rock Valley College GED Recognition Ceremony to be held May 10

Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

The Adult Education program at Rock Valley College will hold its 34th annual GED Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Physical Education Center on the RVC main campus (3301 North Mulford Road).

Graduates participating in the ceremony are among the over 184 RVC students who completed their General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency during the past 12 months. Russell Richard III and Megan Bounds have been selected as this year’s student speakers for the ceremony.

Russell started and stopped out of the GED program numerous times before returning again last August. He promised the program directors that this time would be different. He completed his GED in November and joined the IT ICAPS program in January which has him earning college credit toward a Network Technician certificate.

Megan became a mother at the age of 16 and never attended high school. Now 18, she is a graduate of the Elevate program and wants to attend RVC and become a teacher. 

Dr. Douglas Jensen, President of Rock Valley College, will also address the graduates.

Annually, the Rock Valley College Adult Education program serves approximately 2,000 adults with reading levels ranging from fourth grade to college-entry and beyond.  The GED, a national high school equivalency exam, is also offered in Spanish.  In 2014, the GED test was completely overhauled, making it a computer-based test to correlate with Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Standards.  GED completers and high school graduates earn on average $9,400 more annually and have a 3% lower unemployment rate than those who do not complete. 

For more information on the GED Recognition Ceremony or the Adult Education program at Rock Valley College, please contact Amanda Smith, Dean, Transitional Opportunities & Career Education, at (815) 921-2009.