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PCC awards 700 adults with their GEDs

Posted at 1:13 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 18:19:10-04

Thursday night, a recognition for 700 adults who went back to school to earn their diploma.

Pima Community College is hosting the event at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall starting at 7 p.m.

About 120 graduates will walk in the ceremony.

Some will share their stories of getting back to the classroom. 

One of them, David Johnson, quit high school and worked as a cook before wanting more for his family, according to a PCC media release.

“I was working full time and going to school four days a week plus homework.  But this school gave me the best feeling I ever had in my life. It showed me what I could do,” he said.

Another student, Luz Elías, moved to Tucson from the Sonoran town of Sásabe, Mexico when she was a teenager. She went back after learning English 24 years later. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

PCC’s Adult Basic Education program has provided literacy to high school equivalency-level classes, English language instruction, and testing for nearly 50 years, serving more than 6,000 students and many more testers every year. For more information on PCC’s GED/HSE preparation classes and testing, contact 520-206-3987 or go to