Weatherford Democrat

June 12, 2013

It’s never too late

47 people receive their GEDs during Sunday ceremony


Weatherford Democrat

— On Sunday, family and friends packed the Ninth Grade Center auditorium because, with much pomp and circumstance, the Weatherford ISD Adult Education program held its annual GED Graduation Ceremony in recognition of the 47 program participants who successfully earned their GED/ high school equivalency credential.

The ceremony was presided over by Dr. Chip Evans, director of Community Education.

The focus of the keynote address by Jim Morrow was, “The 4 C’s of Success.”

“Today, after the celebration, hugs, high fives, punch and cookies, your life will go on,” said Morrow. “This time though, you will move forward with a new appreciation of who you are and where you are going. You will carry a new strengthened Commitment, Confidence, Courage, and a Conquering spirit.”

GED graduate Tiffany Landreth sang a beautiful rendition of “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. She was accompanied by her brother, Josh, on guitar.

Tiffany Landreth was later presented with the Tom DeBeauford Memorial Scholarship by Shawn Loiacano, president of Kiwanis Club of Weatherford. This scholarship is presented by Kiwanis annually in memory of Tom DeBeauford, a life member of the Kiwanis Club of Weatherford. DeBeauford believed education is the key to success.

Special guests in attendance included Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Hanks as well as WISD school board member Dr. Joshua Tarbay.

GED instructor John Beverung was presented a handmade plaque signed by many of his students.

“Obtaining the GED will mark the beginning of greater aspirations for many of you as you set and reach even higher goals. As you peer from the top of this hill over to the next, consider using your newfound courage to climb it as well,” said Becky Nelson, GED and Next Step instructor.

A special “thanks” was made to the Community Education Advisory Council for hosting the reception.