GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) — 90-year-old Ellouise Lewis received an honorary GED during a graduation ceremony at the Gulfport Care Center on Wednesday.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to graduate to this day,” she told WLOX.
Lewis dropped out of school in the tenth grade. Looking at her 90 years, she said the only thing she wished she could do was finish high school, so the care center staff worked to make it happen.
“When they told me here that I could have my GED, I was so happy. I was so happy,” she said, crying.
When Lewis expresses her desire to finish school to Activity Director Lisa Purdue, she sets out to make her wish come true with a little research.
“It’s a blessing to me and my co-workers to be able to make this happen,” Purdue said.
I got in touch with Wells of SouthGate, a Christian education center in Gulfport.
“It was great to be involved in this,” said Leonard Martin, who gave the testimony.
Lewis became the organization’s first-ever recipient after passing a mock test administered by the group.
Although not an official GED, her honorary GED demonstrates her knowledge and determination to complete the SouthGate course.
“It’s a first,” said her son, Greg Lewis. “It is pivotal. So, I hope it opens doors for others to follow.”
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