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Charles County Public Schools held its 33rd annual Adult Education Program graduation Oct. 25 at Westlake High School.

There were 197 student graduates and the following students attended the ceremony:

Diplomas were presented to the following graduates: Melba Jean Alston, Erin Battle, Rosemary Black, Savannah Bowling, Michelle Renee Brown, Silvia Bonilla Castillo, Patricia Lee Caravantes-Lopez, Angela Christine Chase, Susie Katherine Chavis, Travis Allen Cooper, Tamika Sherlle Cunningham, Hansel Carlton Davis, Katherine Vivian Davis, Jon Deemer-White, Matthew Louis Dixon, Ardoine Docteur, Gary Maurice Dorsey Jr., Melinda Drumm, Lynda Denise Dyson, Tiara Shante Evans, Felicia Lorraine Fewell, Daniel Finch, Brenay Fomby, Victoria Lynn Ford, Joan Angela Forgue, Devin Gallahan, Tanika Shaqueie Hampton, Jamar Hawkins, Beverly O’Neil Higgins, Lerronna Evette Hillard-Green, Michael Jay Hinnart, Jacqueline S. Huntley, Elsa S. Ingles, Kim Terese Johnson, Amber Kellar, Agnes Veronica King, David King, Joseph Kotvis, Jean Pierre Lahargoue II, Panida Lamb, Doreatha Lilly, Flor Maldonado, Yara Morales, Barbara Napier, Richard A. Payne, Sr., Kristopher J. Phifer, Dwana S. Poole, Lisa M. Racer, Jonathan Seifert, Cassandra Melenice Smith, Garrison Clark Smith, Richard A. Staley Jr., Heather Steger, Gary F. Thomas II, Laura Elizabeth Thomas, Marcellus Franklin Thomas, Nathaniel Thomas, Joel Thompson, Dionne Natalie Ward, Kyle David Washington, Sherrie Renee Washington, Regina Lynn Wathen, Rase A. Watkins Jr., Brian C. Webb, Deborah Wedding, Brandon T. White, Latarsha Renee Wilkes, Ronnie Jerome Wills, Darrayl J. Wilson, Erin Kathleen Winfrey, Jacob Allen Wolff and Veronica Ann Yates.

Lillian Lowery, Maryland state superintendent of schools, attended the event to assist with handing out diplomas to graduates, and Richard Staley Jr. was the graduate speaker for the ceremony. Charles County Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond, board of education Chairwoman Roberta S. Wise and other CCPS administrators, Charles County commissioners and other local elected officials presented diplomas to students.

The General Educational Development program offers adult basic education classes, English as a second language classes, GED preparation classes and a Maryland high school diploma through GED testing.

The National External Diploma Program is for adults 18 and older who have acquired high school level skills through life experiences. These adults can earn a Maryland high school diploma through work done at home and through evaluation appointments.

The adult education programs are supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the U.S. Department of Education. Both the GED and National External Diploma programs are offered through Charles County Public Schools to county residents at the Lifelong Learning Center in Waldorf.

Classes are held throughout the day and the evening.

Call 301-753-1774 for more information.