The first adult education class to graduate from the ASPIRE Academy received their diplomas in a ceremony on Wednesday at Ferris Park in Minden.
Three of the four students to receive a degree attended Wednesday’s graduation, as did five of the 14 students to receive high school equivalency certificates.
Surrounded by their families, Allen Castillo, Connor Murchison and Hannah Wilson received their diplomas.
“ASPIRE helped me out a lot,” Castillo said.
Wilson said that it was difficult when she started.
“I thought the rules didn’t apply to me,” she said. “This past year hasn’t been easy for me, but I’m going to make it.”
State Adult Education Coordinator Brad Deeds thanked the Douglas County School District for showing support for the students.
“The three adult standard diplomas we’re giving out today are not certificates of attendance, they’re regular diplomas. They were obtained through a program that’s just as difficult as a standard diploma,” he said. “They say the harder you work, the luckier you get. Today you all got a little luckier.”
About 50 friends and family members attended the ceremony.
ASPIRE’s first high school graduation was Thursday at Genoa Lakes.