Thirty adults are set to graduate from Piedmont Regional Adult & Continuing Education Programs (PRACEP) with a GED on Aug. 27. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at Eastern View High School in Culpeper, with guest speaker Del. Edward T. Scott (R-30th).
Over the past year, the program has tested 158 students, with 119 of those successfully receiving their GED credential — many of whom plan to attend the Aug. 27 ceremony. All graduates are invited to participate in the official commencement along with their family and friends.
“We are excited to see the enthusiasm of those who have chosen to participate in the cap-and-gown ceremony,” said program director Margaret Buraker. “This is a second chance for many who did not complete high school and will lead to better work opportunities and family-sustaining jobs. The GED also enables those who wish to continue into post-secondary schools such as community colleges or four-year programs.”
PRACEP offers free GED and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes to adults 18 and older, and also administers the official GED test. Housed in the annex of Culpeper County High School, they serve Region 9 — the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.