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Billings Adult Education students celebrate graduation

Posted at 3:54 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-11 16:27:56-05

BILLINGS – Graduation is testament to hard work, perseverance, hope and a good attitude.

That’s part of the message from Jay Lemelin, director of Billings Adult Education, at the 2018 commencement on Wednesday night at the Lincoln Center Auditorium.

Nearly 200 graduated throughout the school year.

Many students have overcome extra challenges in order to realize this accomplishment.

“I kind of can’t describe it,” said Cordell Robson, an Adult Education graduate. “It’s been a long, long road. But if I had to, it’d be wow, I’m actually here.”

“I wanted to have my son see that I can do this, and he can do the same and get through it no matter how difficult it is,” said Michelle Bailey, another graduate.

“I learn more from them than I would ever hope to share with them,” said Norene Peterson, a retiring English teacher. “I really admire that perseverance in coming back and completing something

Peterson started teaching English for Adult Education Center in 1974 and is retiring after 44 years.

Reporting by David Jay for MTN News