Wake Tech Holds GED and Adult High School Graduation

May 9th, 2012





RALEIGH, N.C. (May 7, 2012) - Nearly 350 students of all ages who never completed high school finally turned their tassels in celebration of a job well done. Wake Tech Community College held its spring graduation ceremony tonight for students receiving their GED or Adult High School diploma. The event took place in the gymnasium on Wake Tech’s main campus. 

Among the student speakers was 21-year old Rasheeda McNealy, who dropped out of high school when she became pregnant at the age of 16. “My daughter was my inspiration,” McNealy said. “I wanted to set a good example for her by getting my high school equivalency diploma.”

Another graduate, Ryan Honeycutt shared that he has already completed a year of college and has a job in his field. “Thank you to everyone who made it possible,” he said. “It can only get better from here!”

Honeycutt and McNealy were among 334 students who received their GED. Another 10 students received their Adult High School diploma, designed for students who left high school with five credits or less to graduate.

Wake Tech Dean Monica Gemperlein encouraged graduates to continue pursuing their educational goals. “Take advantage of the opportunities Wake Tech has made available to you and always strive for excellence in whatever you decide to do.” Many graduates will go on to enroll at Wake Tech in the fall. Some will take advantage of the GED Link program, a 6-week college preparation course, which gives students college-readiness skills, such as financial aid assistance, and extra math and reading help.

Wake Tech has the largest GED/Adult High School program in the state. About 1,900 students are enrolled in the program - twice the number of students as five years ago. More than 800 students graduated this year - as many graduates as a large public school in Wake County. Graduation ceremonies are held each fall and spring. Graduates included migrant workers who completed their GED through the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Wake Tech Newsroom

A lot happens at Wake Tech. Keep up with what’s most newsworthy at our campuses and training centers. Learn about innovative programs and partnerships, faculty accomplishments and leadership initiatives, student events and more.

Subscribe to RSS

Social Media

Monthly Archive

quick links for

Welcome! We are pleased that you are considering Wake Tech as you plan for your education and career.

Welcome! Please explore the information and resources on these pages. If you have questions, we will be happy to help.

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here and hope you enjoy your course or courses at Wake Tech. Please let us know if you have questions or need more information.

Wake Tech welcomes veterans and provides assistance with VA benefits and other services.

Wake Tech offers customized employee training for area businesses. We also offer career fairs, job posting services, and other resources to assist employers seeking full-time and part-time employees.

We value our alumni and want you to stay connected to Wake Tech! Read some of our success stories, and find out about our Alumni Affinity program, with special benefits and incentives created for you.

Explore the professional services and resources available for Wake Tech employees.

Welcome! Please explore the information and resources on these pages. If you have questions, we will be happy to help.