By Katherine Matiko, Communications Coordinator, Catholic Family Service

Sixteen new high school graduates will cross the stage November 7 during a ceremony that symbolizes more than just passing exams.

Graduates of Catholic Family Service’s Never Too Late (NTL) program have overcome obstacles to learning that may have seemed insurmountable.

Never Too Late provides no-cost academic, social and emotional support to adult learners who want to complete their General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency tests.

Lisa Harris, NTL Supervisor, says this graduating class is a great example of what NTL means to its students.

“This was a class of brave souls who persevered when accomplishing this goal seemed impossible,” she said.

“Many friendships were formed this term, which translated into real support for one another – things like caring for each other’s children, cheering one another on, and making sure everyone got home safely after class.”

Lisa said six students have enrolled in post-secondary programs, an option that was not open to them before achieving their high school equivalency thanks to NTL.

Hunter Murphy will be Master of Ceremonies at the graduation ceremony.

“Before I was part of Never Too Late, I was working the same dead-end job, making just enough to pay my rent and feed myself, but that wasn’t what I wanted to be,” Hunter said.

“I had the support of some amazing people around me and, I must say, without them none of this would have been possible.

“Now that I have graduated, it has opened a lot more doors for me career-wise. Not to mention, I feel as if I am setting a great example for my daughter so that she too can be successful in this world.”

The Never Too Late graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, November 7 at 6:00 pm at Maranatha Church, 2111 52 St. NW, Calgary. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Jessica Williams at 403.205.5222 for more information. Read more about the Never Too Late program here.