Once a non-traditional student in the Adult Education program at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Johnny Carter will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 GED Graduation ceremonies Tuesday, May 21.
A total of 127adults passed the GED and earned Kansas high school diplomas the past year with about 60 of the graduates expected for the ceremonies which will be held at 6 p.m. in the KCKCC Field House at 7250 State Ave. The annual Pinning of the Nurses will follow at 8 p.m.
Don Ash, chairman of the KCKCC Board of Trustees, will hand out the diplomas as introduced by Marvin Hunt, dean of business and continuing education. The Kansas City Jazz Quintet featuring famed vocalist Millie Edwards will provide the music.
Carter had been out of school for 23 years when he entered the Adult Education program. Motivated and determined, he attained his GED in the spring of 2012, earned a Presidential Scholarship for completing the GED test with an average of 600 or higher and entered KCKCC’s Honors program in the fall. He has since maintained a 4.0 grade point average.
A member of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Carter’s community service work included volunteering at Mosaic, a local non-profit organization where he worked with people with mental and physical disabilities and was inspired to enter the physical therapy assistant program at KCKCC.