CLEVELAND, OH - Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will award nearly 600 General Equivalency Diplomas (GEDs) earned during the last year on Thursday, June 30. Approximately 150 students are expected to participate in the 11th annual commencement ceremony at the Eastern Campus Theater, 4250 Richmond Road in Highland Hills. The ceremony is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The ceremony will feature two speakers, Ms. Toya Jackson of Warrensville Heights and Mr. Levi Butts of Cleveland. Jackson will deliver the commencement address while Butts will speak on behalf of the students.
A single mother and cancer survivor, pregnancy prompted Jackson to drop out of high school. Then a young military wife and mother, she knew the importance of continuing her education and jump-started her commitment to learning with a GED and college courses when the family relocated to Virginia. After moving back to Ohio, Jackson completed Cuyahoga Community College’s Bridges to Success Program, obtained an associate degree in science from Tri-C and earned a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University. Her dedication to education has paid off and she now needs just three classes to complete a master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University.
Born in Cleveland in 1943, Butts attended East Technical High School but dropped out to join the workforce. The father of eight and grandfather of 40, he decided to continue his education after retiring from The Regional Transit Authority after 30 years, joining the ABLE/GED program at the College’s Metro Campus in 2010. A pastor of the New Genesis Church of God in Christ since 2004, he plans to continue his education in music at Cuyahoga Community College.
Parking for the event is free.