Applause filled the BOCES Education Resource Center in Nyack on October 15, as dozens of adult students celebrated their General Educational Development (GED) graduation.
Five members of the graduating class took the podium to share inspiring personal stories about the challenges they had overcome and their hopes for the future.
Names were called and students rose to receive their certificates and hearty congratulations from Adult Education Supervisor Albert Moschetti and Program Administrator Katherine Mistele.
Rockland BOCES has earned accolades for the strength of its Adult Education high school equivalency program, which boasts a GED passage rate of 87.8%--more than 50% higher than the state average.
The October 15 ceremony marked the final Rockland BOCES GED graduation. This fall, Adult Education launched preparation classes for the new Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam, which will replace the GED as a pathway to a high school equivalency diploma as of January 1, 2014.
Rockland BOCES wishes its 2013 GED graduates success in their endeavors. Congratulations to: Dalila Alves, Josephine Amponsah, Levelt Son Baptiste, Jessica Barile, Seggev Ben-Biniamin, Eva Bishop, David Blank, Pinchas Blau, Rubens Bonny, Faige Bruck, Fabian Buglione, Ryan Burns, Alfredo Chirino, Latisha Clemons, Cheryl Coleman, Scott Curry, Hanson Dardignac, Aryeh Dergel, Mattew Dike, Sarah Einhorn, Andy Fernandez, Nelson Figueroa, Sheva Fischel, Kamu Foggie, Raizy Gluck, Dov Goldverger, Justin Hautau, Colin Heasman, Albrina Istrefi, Blerime Istrefi, Eli Koenig, Yakov Kupperman, Latoya Lair, Luis Lemus Sandoval, Steven Lewis, Allison Machado, Emily Maldonado, Sarah Malone, Jonathan Martinez, Aura Matta, Dirk McCain, Howard Miller, Ruth Molina, Julio Navarro, Odi Orlansky, Clara Ortega, Jacob Perez, Matthew Pinnock, Jossie-Ann Powell, Nicki Prince, Dustinly Ramsel, Margarita Ramirez, Manuel Recinos, Vanessa Robles, Jenny Rodriguez, Jose Reyes Leon, Jesus Sanchez, David Shragei, Norberto Soto, Yoelfu Suriel, Stacey Taylor, Antoine Tapia, Menelik Thomas, Jared Tekel, Megan Verde, Jose Ventura, Christopher Watson, Jevaughn Whidbee, Marcus Williams and Coretta Williamson.