MAY 2016

SJR State honors adult education graduates

Adult Ed scholarships

Beyond the family cheers and camera flashes, the adult education graduation at St. Johns River State College represented more than just the passing of an exam - it represented countless individual achievements, struggles and challenges that are the very fabric of every GED diploma.

Of the 62 students who received their State of Florida high school diploma through SJR State's GED testing center this academic year, approximately 35 participated in the ceremony held on the Palatka campus.

During the ceremony, Angel Argonza, Trace Hill, Tracy-Lee Massey and Eisle Singson were awarded SJR State scholarships based upon achieving honors scores on the exam, as well as their individual academic and career planning goals, and an essay.

Dean of Adult Education Melissa Perry, Ed.D., congratulated the graduates on taking great strides to better their futures.

“Each of you has your own individual journey and reason for wanting to earn your GED - from desiring to further your education and seeking more opportunities, to serving as a role model to others,” Perry said. “All have experienced setbacks and obstacles, both personally and educationally. I hope that each of you feels a sense of accomplishment. You have been motivated. You have persevered. You have conquered.”

The commencement speaker was SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., who congratulated the graduates on being among the few courageous individuals nationwide who attempt the exam.

“Of the approximately 40 million adult Americans who are eligible to take the GED, only two percent attempt to earn their GED… and only one percent pass the exam,” Pickens said, quoting statistics from a national report.

“You made the distinct decision to not only take the exam, more importantly, you succeeded,” he said. “I can’t think of anything I’ve ever done or will do that will put me in the top 1% among a group of 40 million Americans. Congratulations!”         
SJR State’s adult education program is available for individuals who wish to improve their skills and/or prepare to earn a Florida high school diploma through the General Educational Development (GED) program. The program consists of self-paced and computer-assisted instruction, use of textbooks and handouts, and dedicated, qualified instructors. Test prep classes are held in Crescent City, Interlachen and on the SJR State Palatka campus. Registration for the test prep classes is ongoing.

The General Education Development (GED) exam is a computer-based exam and is administered on the SJR State Palatka campus. There are four subject areas to the test, and test-takers may take up to two subject areas per day. The GED test is administered at SJR State’s Palatka campus on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

GED registration and payment is available online or by telephone at 877-392-6433. The cost of the exam is $32 per subject area. For more information, call the Adult Education department at 386-312-4080, or visit the website at

Adult Ed graduates


Four SJR State adult education students receive SJR State scholarships. From left instructor Marilyn Reid, graduates Trace Hill, Tracey-Lee Massey, Angel Argonza, and Eisle Singson, and instructor and Leaa Cruce.

Approximately 35 Putnam County residents participated in the Adult Education graduation at St. Johns River State College. They were among the 62 students who received their State of Florida high school diploma through SJR State's GED testing center this academic year.