Regional School Unit 13 hosted its 2013 Adult Education graduation Wednesday, June 5, a ceremony to celebrate 20 adults who earned their high school diploma or GED this year.

Graduates attending the ceremony included James Bellen, Victoria Dorr, Brandon Field, Christopher Knight Jr., Valerie Wallace, Chynna Wentworth and Sheila Whittier.

Don Carpenter, executive director of Thomaston-based Trekkers, was the keynote speaker. He passionately encouraged students to move beyond their circumstances and reach for their particular vision of success by defining what makes them happy and working toward a career in that area.

“Don’s work with Trekkers is the true definition of how one person’s efforts can affect tremendous change and cultivate good will within a community. It is my hope that our graduates will be inspired by the reach of Don’s adventures and move beyond their diploma to do amazing things,” said Shannon M. Parker, director of RSU 13 Adult and Community Education, in a news release.

Beth A. Gifford, director of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-coast Maine, and Parker, awarded diplomas. RSU 13 is fortunate to work seamlessly with Literacy Volunteers of Mid-coast Maine in their collective effort to provide free education to adults needing assistance with literacy to high school completion to college preparation. Graduates earning their GED diplomas worked within RSU 13’s full time Adult Learning Center located at the McLain School, while Adult Education High School Diploma students took credit bearing classes in the evenings at McLain School and Oceanside East High School.

Nearly 100 family members and friends of the graduates joined in the celebration.

“The graduates have worked hard to overcome incredible obstacles and I hope they feel inspired by their achievement and continue their education. Earning a diploma is an incredible accomplishment, one which has the capacity to bring endless opportunities,” said Parker.