More than 110 Saline County residents will celebrate the completion of their GED at a graduation ceremony hosted by the Saline County Adult Education Center on Friday, June 14.
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at Pulaski Technical College's Little Rock-South site at 13000 Interstate 30 in Little Rock. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and the reception that will follow.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, Saline County Adult Education Center had 111 graduates. Of those, 24 will receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Pulaski Technical College this fall.
"They have worked very hard toward this milestone, and we want to recognize their achievement," said Yvonne Dougherty, center director.
In keeping with tradition, each graduate will receive a rose to present to a family member, friend or teacher who has made a difference in his or her life.
This year's speaker is Tracey Hardin-Thompson, a 2011 graduate of the Saline County Adult Education Center and a 2013 Pulaski Technical College graduate. Hardin-Thompson participated in the college's commencement on May 18 and received her Technical Certificate in Airframe.
Jeffery Farrow, of Benton, who is one of this year's graduates and scholarship recipients, will be the student speaker.
Guests will include Shane Broadway, interim director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education; Rep. Ann Clemmer of Bryant; Rep. Kim Hammer of Benton; and Robert Holt, director of Let Our Violence End, which hosts a GED site at the Healing Waters Outreach Center in Shannon Hills; Dr. Margaret Ellibee, president of Pulaski Technical College; Dr. Michael DeLong, college provost; and Mary Ann Shope, vice president for learning at PTC.
Pulaski Technical College operates the Saline County Adult Education Center located at 16936 Interstate 30 in Benton at Exit 117. The center offers General Educational Development (GED) preparation, basic skills, English as a Second Language, and computer literacy programs for residents of Saline County and the surrounding area.