GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – 90-year-old Ellouise Lewis received an honorary GED during her graduation ceremony at Gulfport Care Center on Wednesday.
“I never had a chance to graduate to this day,” she told WLOX.
Lewis dropped out of school in 10th grade. Looking back on her 90 years, she said what she wished she had done was finish high school, so Care Center staff worked to make that happen. real.
“When they told me I could get my GED, I was happy about it. I’m still happy,” she said, crying. “Sorry, this makes me so happy to know that I can do this.”
When Lewis expressed her desire to complete her education to Operations Manager Lisa Perdue, she set out to make her wish come true with a little research.
“It has been a blessing for me and for my colleagues to be able to make this happen,” Perdue said.
She has found Wells of SouthGatea center of Christian-based learning in Gulfport.
“It’s great to be involved in this,” said Leonard Martin, who presented the certificate.
Lewis became the organization’s first recipient after passing a mock test administered by the team.
While this is not an official GED, the honorary GED certificate she was awarded is testament to SouthGate’s knowledge and determination to complete the course.
“She was the first,” said her son, Greg Lewis. “She is important. So hopefully, it opens the door for others to follow in her footsteps. “
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