By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — Twenty-five students graduated from the Londonderry School District’s Adult Education program in a commencement ceremony June 6 in the high school gym.
The students donned blue and white caps and gowns to receive their honors.
Adult education program director Gregory Warren began the night and told students their accomplishments were great and needed to be celebrated.
He said it was a pleasure to get to know each of the students, their stories, their paths to success and their dreams.
“Through many trials and hardships, this is the reward in the end,” Warren said. “I’ve had an inside view of what you’ve gone through. I’m very proud of all of you.”
Graduate Erin DePew gave a keynote address and told her fellow graduates she endured many years of bullying in a traditional school setting and finally found her success in the Londonderry Adult program.
“We all have our stories to tell,” she said. “(High school) was supposed to be the time of my life, but it wasn’t anything like that.”
She said she found her path and success in the adult program, made many great friends and now feels like life has everything to offer.
Londonderry superintendent Nathan Greenberg told the graduates that each one of them worked extremely hard to achieve their goal of a high school diploma. He quoted the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” as an inspiration for students to choose the path that leads them to their life goals and dreams.
“Life will be a sequence of choices,” Greenberg said. “They become the fabric of your lives. Whatever choices you make, learn from them so the next one is the right one or better one for you. Choose your roads and choose them wisely. People will be there along the way to help you.”
Londonderry School Board Chairman Nancy Hendricks told graduates to “pack up” all the most important things they will need as they face what life offers, whether it’s the military, college or a job.
“Pack up self-confidence, pride, take some courage with you,” she said. “And don’t forget to take your dreams with you. Dream big, big and bigger. The world is waiting for you.”
For DePew, finding her niche in the program made all the difference.
“The monsters are gone,” she said. “I’m going on to bigger and better things.”
To date, more than 400 students have graduated from the adult education program. Commencement ceremonies are held twice a year.
Adult Education Graduates
Nicholas Bernard, Josh Blastos, Brian Bolton, Erin Bowes, Tracy Burke, Logan Chamberlain, Autumn, Connors, Erin DePew, Michael Dionne, Samantha Dusombre, Matthew Edgar, Brent Gage, Steven Glockling, Ebony Richards, Kaylee Laventure, Courtney MacDonald, Kayla Mecke, Shannon Montgomery, Nathaniel O’Brien, Josilyn Perry, Shawn Perry, Erika Sampson, Samuel Tulley, Brianna Vance and Janelle Walley.