QCC hosted the HiSET graduation in June, celebrating with the graduates who completed the test and earned their high school equivalency.
Laura Tino, Director of Testing at Quinsigamond Community College, said about 60 people completed the test this year and about 35 attended the graduation ceremony. About 100 family, friends and staff attended the event on June 5 in the Hebert Auditorium.
QCC President Gail Carberry spoke to graduates for the final time before her retirement this June. Students Hope Hazard and Danielle Lopez spoke at the ceremony about their experiences.
“The speeches were touching,” Ms. Tino said. “They spoke about how they got to where they are, the challenges they faced. It was an emotional evening.”
This was QCC’s third HiSET graduation ceremony, as the HiSET was introduced in Massachusetts in 2014, following years of GED graduation ceremonies.
The HiSET is a high school equivalency test that is more affordable and accessible than the traditional GED. It can be taken in different languages and formats, and can be more accommodating for people with disabilities or health-related needs.
Ms. Tino said graduates come from the QCC prep program, from other programs in the region or they are just local people who take the test.