A Father's Pride
It's been 36 years since Claude Busby walked to pomp and circumstance. This time he walks for his son, Thomas.
"He completed his GED in December of '06 and went into the military at that time. He's in the army and he's on active duty now. And I'm picking up his diploma for him this evening and I'm really proud of that," Claude Busby said.
Thomas is third generation army, and as a teacher, Busby knows how much this GED diploma means to him.
"There again it goes back to the pride. He accomplished something he set out to do. Something harder than he expected," Busby explains.
Graduates realize the advantages of a diploma.
"When I graduated from here with my GED, I was very happy, I was really excited because this was an opportunity I never thought I could have," Serafina Wren, 2001 GED graduate, said.
Claude was able to sum up the moment with a few words.
"A lot of pride. A lot of pride because I know how hard, not just him, but anyone has to work to accomplish this," Busby explains.
More than 40 graduates got their diplomas Wednesday as a part of the Class of 2007.