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Portland Adult Education Graduation Ceremony is June 15

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Portland Adult Education Graduation Ceremony is June 15
Posted on 06/14/2017
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Adult Education (PAE) will host its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. in Merrill Auditorium for the 41 students who have attained high school diplomas and the 64 students who passed the HiSET test (formerly GED). Fifteen of these graduates worked with PAE’s Street Academy for Homeless Youth to earn their credentials.

Family and friends of Beata Vest will honor her memory by awarding the first $1,000 scholarship to a PAE student in celebration of Beata’s love of languages and her commitment to welcoming newcomers to Portland by helping them to learn English.

Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith will perform an original song, “I Have Never Given Up,” written by PAE students in an intermediate English class during a songwriting workshop led by Smith. Storrow, who teaches the English through Song class at PAE, will be joined by her students for “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers.

The following students will speak at the graduation ceremony:

Noor Aldulaimi

Aldulaimi, 27, has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Baghdad, so earning a second high school diploma might not seem worthy of note. Aldulaimi, however, volunteered to speak at graduation because she has much to say about her experience as an American student since her arrival in 2014. Adjusting to reading and writing in English while parenting two young children has not slowed her down. When ready for her next university, she hopes to attain a master’s degree in agriculture.

 Kelly Flamenco-Molina

Flamenco-Molina, 40, has completed nearly 30 courses to perfect her writing skills in preparation for higher education. While raising a daughter, who required a lung transplant at 20 months and continues to need biweekly appointments with Boston specialists, Flamenco-Molina has excelled at PAE. Flamenco-Molina has a law degree from El Salvador, but she had planned to become a physician’s assistant to care for her daughter. When advised by her daughter’s medical team that working in a hospital might expose her to disease that could endanger her daughter, she began meticulously researching alternative careers. She plans to attend USM to study business.

PAE, which is part of the Portland Public Schools, typically serves more than 4,000 adults each year, in academic and ELL classes, as well as enrichment and job skills classes.

PHOTO CAPTION: The PAE Class of 2016 graduates last June.