Ten students in graduation gowns

Blue Ridge CC honors 25 graduates from its Adult High School and High School Equivalency programs

Blue Ridge Community College hosted a graduation ceremony for its Adult High School and High School Equivalency students Thursday night, Dec. 9 in its Thomas Auditorium.

The Adult High School (AHS) program preps students for higher education and the workforce by helping them complete their high school diploma. The program is offered on a web-based platform with instructor guidance and support.

The High School Equivalency (HSE) program preps students to take and pass the ETS HiSET or Pearson VUE GED tests to earn a North Carolina Community College High School Equivalency Diploma. Subjects covered include reading, writing, math, social studies, and science.

There were 25 graduates in total, eight AHS graduates and 17 HSE graduates, with 13 graduates attending the event.

The guest speaker was Blue Ridge Apprenticeship Coordinator Kelli Stewart, who encouraged the graduates on their next steps. Blue Ridge Dean of Adult Education and Literacy Robin Paulison then hosted the presentation of graduates.

After diplomas were conferred by Blue Ridge President Dr. Laura Leatherwood, Vice President for Instruction Kathy Allen offered closing remarks before releasing the graduates for a reception with their families and friends.

The full list of graduates include:

Adult High School

Henderson County
Ian Patrick Fox
Alyssa Renee Herrera
William Hilyer
Dakota Dior McCall
Haley Grace Rickard

Transylvania County
Jasper Green
Madelyne Nicole Kivlin
Samantha N. Mann

High School Equivalency

Henderson County
Jack Bass
Caleb Brown
Melanie Corpening
Nelly Diaz Sarmiento
Melissa Dombrowski
Holly Hamrick
Jordan Maldonado
BayleeAnn Pollett
Florentino Santos Reyna
Callie D. Romero
Alvaro Villamizar Guerrero

Rutherford County
Jason Beasley Moore

Transylvania County
Cassandra Johnson
Emma Miles
Justin Parton
Alicia Shelton
Joy Vaughn

To learn more about Blue Ridge’s AHS and HSE programs, visit https://www.blueridge.edu/programs-courses/adult-education-and-literacy/.