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<<Mission Blog Home Posted: 07-27-2018

Graduating Class of GEC July 2018

On Friday, July 20th, The Goodwill Excel Center graduated its third and largest class to date:  65 students!  The Excel Center is Goodwill of Greater Washington’s adult charter high school serving district residents who want to earn a high school diploma rather than a GED.  The exciting celebration was held at the Shakespeare Theatre in northwest Washington, DC and featured plenty of smiles, cheers and tears. 

Every graduate spent almost two years diligently working toward earning the diploma that had eluded them earlier in life.   Finally, their dedication and commitment paid off – they are now high school graduates ready to tackle life with a new passion, pride and credential. 

 Sandra Brooks Burns and Delon 'Ta Brooks on NBC 4

Sandra Brooks Burns and Delon ‘Ta Brooks featured on NBC 4. Watch here

Two of the students who graduated together were more than just classmates.  They were family.  You see, Sandra Brooks Burns is the grandmother of her classmate, Delon ‘Ta Brooks, and they had the unique opportunity to accept their high school diplomas side by side.   They have established their legacy as the first grandmother and grandson to graduate together from DC’s Goodwill Excel Center. 

Like every graduate, Sandra and Delon ‘Ta were beaming with pride as they accepted their diplomas in front of hundreds of friends and family.  While their family bond was already strong prior to enrolling in the high school, the two have now become inseparable – bound together by this shared accomplishment.  The next step in their personal and professional growth begins today.

See their story and how they overcame so many challenges to achieve tremendous success as a family!


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This article was written by: Brendan Hurley
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