LAKE CITY, S.C. – Graduates of the Florence County School Districts two, three and five adult education program were celebrated for their success Wednesday evening with a commencement ceremony.

There were a total of 39 graduates, but only 24 decided to walk during Wednesday’s ceremony.

Graduates heard remarks from a classmate, adult education director Dianne Oliver and Florence County School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson. Carol Hill was also introduced to the people who attended the ceremony. She will be the director of the Florence County adult education program next year.

A 2019 graduate, Beatrice Rodriguez, said she is proud to be a graduate of the Florence County School District Three Adult Education Program.

“My experience in adult education has been a great success,” Rodriguez said. “I have accomplished all of my goals and even graduated earlier than what I expected.”

Rodriguez said she only had five classes to complete, but she decided that adult education was right for her because all of the classwork was at her own pace. That was exactly what she was looking for so that she could start working toward her next goal, she said.

“I would encourage anyone that, for whatever reason, has not had the opportunity to complete their high school education to join the adult education program,” Rodriguez said. “Everyone there helps you achieve your goal and cares about your future.”

Hickson encouraged graduates to remember four things, no matter what path they take. One, remember to continue to work hard and never give up. Two, surround oneself with positive people who are doing the right thing.

“Always demonstrate integrity and try hang around folks who are doing the same thing,” Hickson said. "The third thing: Always take time to meditate and be thankful. And lastly, always remember that you can do anything if you try.”

The Florence County School Districts two, three and five adult education program offers the following programs for students: high school diploma, high school equivalency, WIN testing and remediation, family literacy, skills upgrade and transition/career services.

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