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Metropolitan Action Commission to host 24th Annual Graduation Ceremony on Friday


Valedictorian recovers from economic downturn and gives back to peers through tutoring

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Action Commission will host the 24th Annual Adult Education Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 20 at the Baptist World Center beginning at 11 am.

Over 60 graduates adorned in caps and gowns will walk across the stage to receive their High School Equivalency Diploma, formerly known as the GED (General Equivalency Diploma). James Villegas, class Valedictorian, will address the graduating class during the celebration.

After dropping out of high school, Villegas completed a program that allowed him to begin his career as a Desktop Support Specialist for Apple. In 2011, James became unemployed due to the economic downturn and did not have the academic credentials to obtain employment. After conquering personal challenges, James enrolled in the Metropolitan Action Commission's Adult Education Program in 2013. James attended classes in addition to tutoring his classmates as they prepared for the exam. Scoring a perfect score in two of the four sections of the exam, James was named the Valedictorian of this year's graduating class.

In April 2014, James began employment with Verizon Wireless in Nashville and plans to begin classes at the Nashville State Community College to earn a degree in Political Science this fall.

Metro Action's Adult Education Program also offers a College Preparatory course, which helps graduates with the college admissions process and covers the cost of application fees and books once students are accepted into college or a technical institution. Villegas along with class Salutatorian, Tiffany House will join 18 other students as they are inducted into the agency's Honor Society. The 2014 class has 64 graduates.

The agency encourages the public to arrive early to allow for parking and setting prior to the event due to the large numbers of families and friends that attend.

The Baptist World Center is located at 1700 Baptist World Center Drive.