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Stacey Owen, who recently graduated from the Aiken County Adult Education Center with her Grade Equivalent Diploma, or GED, received the Sage Valley Scholarship.

The Aiken County Adult Education Center held commencement exercises May 29, with 28 graduates walking across the stage at Midland Valley High School to receive their diplomas and 120 graduates receiving their Grade Equivalent Diplomas, or GEDs.

The center also recognized 12 graduates of the English Second Language Program.

“Many of our adult education students have overcome substantial obstacles in their lives and displayed outstanding courage and determination to reach this milestone and personal achievement,” Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford said. “We are very proud of each student and celebrate their accomplishment together with their support systems of parents, family and friends. We wish them the best in achieving their future career goals.” 

Students Jessica White and Stacey Owen addressed their classmates as featured speakers. Jennifer Jenkins Toole of SC Works offered the keynote address. The Highest GPA Award recipient was Charles Mahan, while the Highest GED Score Award was presented to Kiley Craig.

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Pat Keating, the director of the Aiken County Adult Education Center, congratulates diploma graduate Patricia Knowles during commencement exercises.

“This has been yet another extremely successful class of adult education graduates who have worked hard to achieve their goals and create new opportunities for their futures,” Aiken County Adult Education Center Director Pat Keating said. “Our goal is to help connect each student to a life-sustaining career. Our staff does a wonderful job of supporting our students, and we look forward to the tremendous success these graduates will experience in the future.”    

The Aiken County Adult Education Center’s Class of 2019 Diploma graduates included the following students: Amanda Bratton, Haley Brock, Savhanna Cleamer, Michael DeFillips, Blair Haley, Marlon Harley, Zoie Harmon, Lauren Holley, Cody Houde, Lyndsey Jackson, Akelli Johnson, Jerry Jones, Patricia Knowles, Anthony McNeely, Charles Mahan, Amber Miller, William Mosley, Emma Murray, Benjamin Sapp, Raul Saquiche, Kaylee Scott, Shemar Stephens, Lacie Stone, Jasmine Tillman, Brandi Turner, Jailyne Ware, Jessica White and Matthew Wizorek.

The Aiken County Adult Education Center’s Class of 2019 GED graduates included the following students: Ashton Allison, Lewis Beale, Lauren Bell, Karli Blackwell, Shenita Bradley, Anthony Brooks, CheyAnn Brown, Morissa Bryant, Harry Bunn, Johnny Campbell, Trace Campbell, Zachary Carpenter, Pete Carroll, Derrick Carter, Angela Clark, Haley Clarke, Nicholas Cleghorn, Michael Cole, Dayana Corea, Brendan Coward, Kiley Craig, Julieta Diaz Olguin, Willie Ennis, William Fincher, Reynaldo Florentino, Dalton Floyd, Sabra Ford, Amber Frazier, Brandon Frazier, Savannah Gadd, Tiffany Ganner, Shavonna Gilmore, Tori Gore, Theresa Gorman, Aubrie Griffin, Sherry Hamilton, Curtis Harley, Dale Harris, Thomas Hatcher, Dawn Heider, Ana Hernandez, Jessica Hewitt Prince, Anthony Hill, Brittney Hill, Travis Hill, Emani Holmes, Kaitlyn Holmes, Brittany Holt, Natalia Horulko, Abigail Hunt, Antonio Jefferson, Chloe Johnson, Tavante Johnson, Kelly Kain, Destiny Kern, Carolyn Key, Jeremy Kirkland, Thomas Knowles, Chase LaBorde, Martin LaMantia, Kaylee Ludwig, Tony Martin, Michelle McIlwain, Latoya Milton, James Moody, Marissa Morgan, Alan Morris, Branden Morris, Stephanie Motter, Thomas Newsome, April Noakes, Karen Nolan, Stacey Owen, Hailey Pajerski, Adrian Palma, Ethan Patino, Christopher Penn, Baylin Phillips, Patrick Prine, Drew Pryor, Elisabeth Rademacher, Ezra Redd, Kayleigh Rhoden, Liam Rizi, Shayla Roberts, Jesus Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez, Cody Rogers, Li’Cain Rouse, Caitlyn Salter, Kayla Satcher, Payton Scott, Jada Seigler, James Shaw, Amber Smith, Jonathan Smith, Lea Snipes, Elizabeth Snyder, Marcus Spann, Britney Stallings, Mackenzie Stewart, Cody Stone, Kanako Suri, Kacy Swearingen, Jenifer Taylor, Saradah Taylor, William Taylor, Marlena Villagran, Ashley Voorhees, Kelsi Walker, Zachary Webb, Teresa Weeden, Abigail Wells, Jeffrey White, Damien Williams, Nikehl Williams, De’Marr Williamson, Haley Williamson, Michael Wilson and Wanda Wyatt.

The Aiken County Adult Education Center’s Class of 2019 English Second Language graduates included the following students: Luis Garcia, Johanna Lioure, Kanako Suri, Karla Granados, Simon Flores Molina, Maria Vargas, Natalia Horulko, Angela Montoya, Chuan-Ying Hsu, Esperanza Negrete, Sthefany Lara and Karin Siebert.

The Aiken County Adult Education Center’s 2019 summer session began Monday. Enrollment positions remain available. Tuition and testing sessions are always free, and daytime childcare is available. For information, visit, or call 803-663-4920.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.