|GED graduates walk into the auditorium for the ceremony at the main campus on June 9. For more photos, see the FLCCconnects.com Flickr site.|
Finger Lakes Community College graduated 101 students with general equivalency diplomas, or GEDs, over the past year – the highest number ever.
Many of those graduates took part in the annual GED graduation ceremony held June 9 at the FLCC main campus in Canandaigua. Keynote speaker Brian Kolb, an FLCC alumnus and state Assembly minority leader, encouraged graduates to consider the next step in their education.
Though many had taken a longer-than-usual path to get their high school equivalency diploma, Kolb said that is not uncommon. “Life happens,” he said, noting that for various reasons, including finances, he took a total of 28 years to complete his associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“There’s no set time or right time to accomplish things. What’s important is to keep on the path that’s right for you,” he said.
Such was the case for graduate Matthew Callon of Macedon, whose K-12 education was frequently interrupted by illness and surgeries. His instructor, Judy Bovet-Egnor, said Callon never wasted a minute in class and continued attending after taking his GED exam. “I do not want to be out of the habit of studying,” he had told her.
Callon said he considered each day in the program a step forward. “Every time I went to class, I felt like I was one step closer to my GED,” he said, adding that he now looks forward to college.
Fellow graduate Melissa Van Housen of Dundee said she decided to pursue her GED several years after leaving high school because, “Life without an education has been a struggle.”
After passing her GED exam, she enrolled in FLCC’s paralegal program part-time and finished her first semester in May with a 3.65 GPA. “It is never too late,” she said of her decision to resume her education.
FLCC provides day and evening classes to prepare individuals for the New York State GED exam. Classes are offered at the FLCC main campus in Canandaigua and campus centers in Victor, Geneva and Wayne County as well as other sites in Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties. The FLCC GED exam pass rate is 93 percent; the average pass rate in the state is 58 percent.
For information about the FLCC GED classes, visit www.flcc.edu/learningsupport.
Graduates for the 2012-13 academic year are listed below by county and town:
Fairport: Candy Greenfield
Rochester: Jonathan Hoover, Joel Redling, Julia Sipples
Webster: Michelle McDonald
Bloomfield: Joseph Hall, Matthew Mincer
Canadice: Dakota Vance
Canandaigua: Christopher Bruce, Jordan Cain, Elizabeth Cushman, Christine DiFrancesco, Danielle Galens, Jason Gilbert, Kyle Griffin, Dakoda Jace, Kyle Jackson, Christina Johnson, Jamie Moran, Kory Parker, Tanya Pohwat, Leonard Rorick
Clifton Springs: Calla Cummings, Miranda White
Farmington: Michael Brand, Matthew Cannioto, Darienne Jones, Dana Urquhart
Geneva: Brittany Archibald, Ginger Bates, Brianna Curle, Michelle DeJesus, Derrick Espinal, Teresa Evans, Hajnalka Failne Bero, Edwin Flores, Joshua Goodman, Tarissa Mayo, Kellee Parmelee, Carlos Rodrigues-Merced, Shanice Spearman, Yadinette Torres, Brooke Toth, Carmen Waterman, Brandon Wheeler
Honeoye: Jonathan Barnhart
Manchester: Christopher McDonald
Phelps: Samantha Dennis, Nicole Kommer
Rushville: Matthew Boyd, Robert Brown, Joshua Fleig
Shortsville: Jeffrey Johnson
Victor: Isaiah Lipp, Lennie Rugg, Rebecca Young
Romulus: Vayda Vazquez-Norton
Lyons: Jared Butters, Justin Casselman, Stephen Cayea, Allysa Henretty, Luke Peterson, Alessandra Sullivan
Macedon: Matthew Callon, Christopher Doud, Jonathan Kent
Marion: Richard Hilton
Newark: Benjamin Boyd, Thomas Gravino, Sarah Jock, Rebecca Miller, Natalie Peller, Joshua Santa, Marisol Torres, Ariel Toulson and Amber Washburn
North Rose: Yolanda Camarillo-Daza
Ontario: Mallory Brooks, Marc DeHond
Palmyra: Casandra Horn, John Javorowsky, Dalia Remauro
Red Creek: Travis Hotaling, Christina Steurrys, Kimberly Verburg
Savannah: Rebekah Waterman
Sodus: Nicholas Pentycofe
Sodus Point: Michelle Hodges
Walworth: Jonathan Dahar, Shantelle Luety
Dundee: Melissa Van Housen
Himrod: Maxwell Brown
Middlesex: Julie Sromalski
Penn Yan: Rebecca Espana, Clayton Knowlton, April Mennito, Ashley Rivas