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Adult HS graduates June 8

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Wilson County Adult High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at First United Methodist Church on West Main Street, Lebanon.

Pat Suddarth, coordinator of the program, said 25 graduates will receive their diplomas during the ceremony which will be awarded by Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis, assisted by Pat Climer, principal of the Adult High School.

Suddarth noted that three awards will be presented included Most Improved Student, an English award and an Endeavour award. In addition, the Brian Joseph Wright Memorial Scholarship, established by Randy and Leeann Wright in 1998-1999 in memory of their son, Brian, will be presented.

Music for the ceremony will be provided by James Jordan.

The Wilson County Adult High School was one of eight pilot programs in Tennessee in 1992. Since then, many counties in Middle Tennessee now provide an Adult High School.

Suddarth noted that the first graduate of the program in Wilson County in ’92 was 67 years old.

The program, she said, "has been helpful in raising the graduation rates in Wilson County. Students who have obtained their GED’s may also participate in the Adult High School program, if they wish."

Students must be at least 18 to participate in the Adult High School program. The program was developed for those who may have dropped out of high school for whatever reason, Suddarth said, adding it may also assist students who have a Certificate of Attendance or a Special Education Diploma to prepare for the state exit tests in order to receive a regular high school diploma.

Schedules are designed to meet individual needs and are self-paced. The adult students can receive credit for their life experiences, provided they meet certain criteria, she noted. Credit recovery programs are available for students seeking a diploma.

Preparation and registration for the ACT college admission exam is offered to students. Staff members can also help with paperwork to attend college.

In addition to Suddarth, Adult High School faculty members include Sandra Farley and Nancy Steward.

A reception will be held for graduates and their guests following the graduation exercises.

If you are interested in attending the Adult High School or need more information, call 443-7199. It is located at 207 Joe Branham Drive, Lebanon. The hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Friday.



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