Local Grandmother Reflects on GED Program Graduation

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

October 18, 2007

Next Thursday, dozens of adults will walk across the stage at graduation and receive their GEDs, including one special graduate who says she’s fulfilling a life-long dream.

Lawanda Quarles never made it past the 11th grade at Louisa County High School.

She had a baby and school priorities fell wayside to family life.

“At some points I wanted to go back and I did try a couple of times but it didn’t really work out for me,” said Quarles.

Quarles says the best day of her life was seeing her youngest son walk across the stage at graduation.

Soon after Lawanda got more good news; she had received a scholarship to take classes towards her GED.

“I never missed a class, I was totally dedicated and motivated within myself that I could do this,” said Quarles.

She also said that the opportunity allowed her to fulfill a dream she's always had and if she’s learned anything, it’s that there’s no expiration date on education.

“I don't want anyone else to feel that they cannot achieve that, because anything that you can see is within your grasp,” said Quarles.

At 46-years-old, Lawanda is both a mother and a grandmother and now she can add graduate to that list.

“I've always seen myself walking across the stage and I’ve always seen my family cheering saying, Lawanda you did it,” said Quarles.

With her class ring to show-off, Lawanda says she’s now proud to tell everyone that she’s a member of the Class of 1980.

“I am really looking forward to my next class reunion because I’m going to be there and I’m going to let everybody know, Lawanda did it, she said.

Over 250 graduates from Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Nelson counties will walk across the stage on October 25th at Charlottesville High School.

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