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Adult Learning Center celebrates GED graduates
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Ernest McGill, 71, was one of several graduates from Dawson County. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

Lanier Technical College held its annual graduation ceremony Aug. 21 to congratulate all those who had passed the GED (General Educational Development) test this past school year. 


The ceremony was held at Free Chapel in Gainesville. 


U.S. Representative and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal delivered the commencement address. 


Family graduates were recognized including brother and sister Bryon Cox and Sharon Horn and 71 year old Ernest McGill, who first entered the program with his grandson. 


Dawson County recipient Deborah Geddings joined a representative from each of the other six counties in leading the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Dawson County also congratulated 10 honor graduates, identified by their gold cords, including Bryon Cox who had the highest GED score from Dawson County.


Dawson County held its own local recognition reception at the Lakeview Center Complex on June 8. 


At that time several scholarships were awarded to deserving students who had submitted essays explaining why they would like to have the award. 


Joe Hirsch awarded $500 each to Jaun Mickenheim and Nichols Loggins on behalf of the Lion’s Club. 


Helen Taylor awarded $500 to Andrea Bailey on behalf of the Dawson County Woman’s Club. 


Sandy Lipkowitz awarded $500 to Eric Dowdy on behalf of READ. 


Lee Emerson presented computer systems donated by Ben Trail to Jessica Bowman and Cari Murphy. 


A reception following the ceremony was provided by the woman’s club.


If you or someone you know would like to obtain your GED diploma and be part of the next graduation ceremony, contact the Adult Learning Center Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to see how to get started. 


GED preparation classes are free of charge and open to anyone 16 or older who is not currently in high school. 


Georgia residents receive a $500 HOPE voucher for continuing education when they receive their diploma.


To enroll or for additional information, call the Adult Learning Center at (706) 265-1690, stop by the center at 388 Hwy. 9 North, or e-mail Kathy Davis at