Rowland Adult and Community Education (RACE) held its commencement ceremony on June 10 at Rowland High School. Student speakers Ashley Arredondo and Julieanne Hartnell inspired the graduating class.

A special GED award was presented to Anthony Gomez for the highest English GED score. A perfect score is 4000 and Anthony received a score of 3450.

The Director's Award was presented to Michael Humphreys for over-coming hardships and demonstrating perseverance in achieving his goal by Director Rocky Bettar.

Phillip Alarcon received special recognition for outstanding achievement and was presented the Counselor's Award by Joe Miraglia.

Scholarships were received by Anthony Moyado and Bonnie Rafanan.

"This is the star you have been reaching for, receiving your high school diploma, whatever circumstances prevented you from achieving your diploma is not important, what is important is that you have persevered and achieved your dream," said Bettar.

Rowland Adult and Community Education offers adults a chance to work at their own pace with one-on-one instruction from either a teacher or an aide. Students can complete the classes they need to finish their diploma. For information call (626) 965-5975 or visit