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Adult students graduate in ceremony at Poynor in Florence

May 24, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – More than 60 adult education students graduated from Florence School District One and District Four Thursday evening in the Poynor building.

La’Neisha Brown said getting her GED will allow her to get a better job to provide more for her three children and one grandchild.

“It feels great,” Brown said. “I kind of started slow a little bit, but once I kind of got into it, I just went for it.”

Brown said she may pursue furthering her education.

Hanan Chatila, one of the graduates and a member of the Adult Education National Honor Society, said the program is helping her continue to further her education. She said she plans to attend Florence-Darlington Technical College to study radiology after graduation.

Chatila gave the welcome during the graduation ceremony.

Many students balanced full-time jobs and families while enrolled at the adult education, said Carol Hill, the director of adult education.

“They recognize that their education makes a difference for themselves and the family and in the larger community,” Hill said. “It’s a real opportunity that opens other doors for their futures so they recognize that too. They know how hard they struggled to get to this place so the sense of accomplishment is big.”

Several graduates were recognized for being a member of the Adult Education National Honors Society. In total, Florence School District One and District Four had 18 individuals in the national honor society.

Hill said students are selected for the honor society based on attendance, working well collaboratively, persisting and work success.

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