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EKU Adult Education Graduation Ceremony 2015-2016


EKU Adult Education Graduates Recognized

The EKU Adult Education Program recognized graduates from Clay, Garrard and Madison counties in a ceremony on Monday, May 23, 2016. The ceremony was held on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in the Perkins Building.  Over the past year, 40 students from Garrard, Clay and Madison counties completed their GED. At the same time, there were 6 students from Madison and Garrard counties who successfully completed their Kentucky Paraeducator Certification. There were also 52 students from Madison County who earned their National Career Ready Certification (NCRC) from the EKU - Kentucky Adult Education Program.  

The EKU Adult Education Program’s mission is to support adults in achieving their academic goals by obtaining their GED, completing the Kentucky Paraeducator Certification and/or by earning their National Career Ready Certification. The program helps to prepare adults learners for college and career readiness by providing opportunities for a student to refresh and/or further develop academic, communication, computer, and work skills. Dr. Paula Jones serves as the Director of the EKU Adult Education Program. She shared, “This was a very special evening for all of our students and their families. We are honored to have this opportunity to recognize our students from all three counties. It has been a privilege to partner with each of them. They have each set goals and worked diligently to achieve their goals. We are so very proud of each of them.”

Over 390 guests, along with President Michael Benson and the EKU Adult Education staff were in attendance to congratulate the graduates. Rodolfo Benavides was awarded the ESL Excellence Award. There were two students, Beatrice Insko (Madison County) and Chester Miller (Garrard County).  Each gave presentations about the impact the EKU Adult Education Program has had on them. Both shared personal stories of challenges they have faced and what it means to achieve their academic goals.

Dr. Jones explained, “We truly appreciate all of the support we have received from both EKU and our local community leaders. It means a great deal to have so many members from our community attend the graduation ceremony. We especially want to thank the President Benson and the Richmond Area Arts Program for their support. Each helped to make this evening a great success.”

President Michael Benson served as the Keynote Speaker. In his presentation he urged students to continue the good work they are doing now and to stay curious. He encouraged the graduates to stay true to themselves.

The Richmond Area Arts Council Treble Clef Youth Choir provided an outstanding performance of special music for the ceremony. Through the leadership of Debbie Kidd, the choir performed three uplifting selections during the ceremony.

The EKU Adult Education Programs are supported by the Kentucky Adult Education Program (KYAE) in Frankfort, Kentucky through the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. The EKU Adult Education Program offers many services including GED preparation, the National Career Ready Certification (NCRC), ACT prep, computer literacy classes, career skills classes and the Kentucky Para-educator Assessment.  All services/classes are offered at no cost to adult residents of Clay, Garrard and/or Madison counties.  

For more information about EKU Adult Education Program or the EKU Adult Education Graduation Ceremony, please call (859) 622-8065. The Madison County Adult Education Program is located on EKU’s campus in the Perkins Building (Room 302). For more information on the resources and free courses offered visit our web site at

Published on October 08, 2015

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