On June 14, 44 adult students were honored for their hard work and dedication at the annual Adult/Continuing Education graduation ceremony at Ichabod Crane High School. The ceremony recognizes students who have completed the High School Equivalency (HSE) and English as a New Language (ENL) programs.
Questar III Board of Education President John C. Hill and District Superintendent Dr. Gladys I. Cruz both gave remarks to the class of 2017 encouraging the graduates to continue to work hard to achieve their goals and congratulating them for their accomplishments.
ENL graduate Xia Nan spoke at the ceremony as well, thanking his classmates for their friendship, his teacher John Parker for his dedication to the program, and offering a special thank you to his wife and his in-laws who were in attendance. Nan came to the United States just six months ago from Shanghai where he was a banker. He says he now hopes to find a job in finance in the Albany area.
Henry Bobbit earned his HSE diploma and also addressed his classmates. He shared his reason for going back to school was to set a good example for his son and to actively work to provide his son (and second child coming expected this summer) a better life than he had.
The High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma is available for anyone aged 19 or above without a high school diploma. Statistics from the New York State Education Department show unemployment rates are about four percent lower for individuals with a high school diploma or HSE, and salaries are on average about $10,000 higher per year than individuals without a high school diploma or HSE.
Congratulations to all the graduates!
For more information from NYSED about the HSE process, visit this link.