Adult Literacy Graduation

Adult Literacy Program Celebrates Graduates
Posted on 09/24/2021

For one night, three graduating classes were united as one as the BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education held its graduation ceremony for the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. The ceremony was held on Thursday, September 23rd inside the Rossetti Building Courtyard on the Madison-Oneida BOCES Campus in Verona.

The ceremony celebrated the achievements of graduates of the National External Diploma Program, and the High School Equivalency Program. Over 35 graduates were present to be recognized.

The National External Diploma Program is a credentialing program for adults who have acquired skills through life experiences, and can demonstrate those skills through an applied performance assessment system.

adult gradThe High School Equivalency Program allows adult students to receive a high school equivalency certificate from the New York State Education Department after passing examinations in the disciplines of Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

BCCE Director of Continuing and Adult Education Brenda Wolak delivered the evening’s opening remarks.

adult gradThe graduate speakers for the evening were National External Diploma recipient Felicia Schreiner, and High School Equivalency Diploma recipient Latice Holmes. Both speakers delivered remarks on how they and their classmates have overcome challenges to achieve their goals, while lauding the group’s collective choice to make their education a priority in adulthood.

The programs are made possible through the BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education, which is a partnership between Madison-Oneida BOCES and Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES. In addition to the BOCES campuses, the program is delivered through ACCESS sites in Rome, Utica, and Wampsville.