This year, Clatsop Community College graduates nearly 100 students who’ve taken and passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam, earning a high school equivalent credential over the past year.

The college honors these graduates at a 6 p.m. ceremony June 9 in the Columbia Hall Community Room (Columbia Hall Room 219) on the main campus at 1651 Lexington Ave. in Astoria.

Featured speakers will include Carlie Joy, a previous GED graduate of Clatsop, a 2014 medical assistant graduate and a Ford Family Foundation Scholarship recipient; and Teresa Alonso Leon, a previous GED graduate who now serves as Oregon’s state GED examiner.

Families, friends and the public are invited to the ceremony, followed by a reception in Columbia Hall.

Leon is the first person of her family to graduate from college. She received her bachelor’s degree at Western Oregon University and a master’s degree in public administration at Portland State University.

She has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal, The Oregonian, Portland Community College and Lane Community College, among others, for her leadership and work to inspire and motivate students to stay in school, earn their GED and continue in post-secondary education.

The GED is accepted by 98 percent of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma, as well as 96 percent of companies whose jobs require a high school degree.

For information regarding GED testing and test preparation at Clatsop, contact George Heiner at 503-338-2347 or gheiner@clatsopcc.edu.

About 20 million people have earned a GED since its inception in 1942.

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