HiSET Graduates Accomplish their Goals

August 31, 2018


This was much more than a mundane Monday or simply a start to yet another week. Just the opposite. This morning marked a milestone, a celebration of an accomplishment that many thought might never come: a high school diploma. Tears, smiles and hugs were the rule of the day this particular Monday.

At a ceremony on Aug. 27 at Checkers restaurant at Alvirne High School, 16 individuals were recognized for earning their HiSET or Alvirne Continuing Education high school diplomas. These graduates have taken the long and winding road, not the traditional route. Similar to the GED (General Educational Development) that was taken in the past, the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) provides the equivalent of a high school diploma, allowing graduates to get on track for college or a career. The HiSET exam is a five-part test states use in the process of issuing a high school equivalency credential. The exam allows individuals to show they have the same academic knowledge and skills as a high school graduate.

The proud HiSET graduates are Seth Bryan, Kaleb Secovick, Kayla McLean, Noah Burton, Micheala Earl, Owen Harmon, Zack Zakos, Alex Donahue, Corey Oak, Starr Smith, Aaron Miller, Joshua Carroll and Makenzie Fauteux. In addition, three individuals earned their Alvirne Continuing Education High School diploma: Brandon Cammarota, Kristine Fauvel and Renee DeLaCruz. In addition to the graduates, many more students in the program used credits earned toward their graduation from Alvirne.

“I loved the event, especially the joy of our graduates and the pride of our families,” said Susan Bureau, dean of academics at Alvirne. “This speaks to the caring support of our school and community.” She mentioned that the last conversation she had with Matt Crosson, a HiSET teacher who passed suddenly in December, was about how proud he was that Kayla McLean was ready to take the HiSET.

Graduates and their families enjoyed a luncheon before the big ceremony. As part of the ceremony, each graduate rang a bell to mark his or her long-sought-after accomplishment. As graduates stepped on stage to receive their diplomas, Alvirne Principal Steve Beals spoke about the hard work and dedication of each graduate and then handed them their coveted diplomas.