Immigrant Mother Earns High School Diploma 18 Years After Dropping Out In Anne Arundel

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The Capital reported that Edgewater resident, mother and immigrant Irma Reyes earned her general educational development diploma on Nov. 15 at Anne Arundel Community College's 25th GED graduation. AACC is shown here on another day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - An Anne Arundel County mother and immigrant recently earned her high school diploma 18 years after dropping out, The Capital reported Wednesday. The Capital said Irma Reyes moved from El Salvador to Annapolis in 2004 but was told she had to take night classes as a senior. That didn't work with her 13-hour shifts as a housekeeper, so she dropped out.

Now 39, The Capital said the Edgewater resident earned her general educational development diploma on Nov. 15 at the Anne Arundel Community College's 25th annual GED graduation. As a mother of a 12-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, Reyes shared her story as a speaker at her commencement.

“Seeing how she handles every challenge with a smile on her face, even when things are clearly difficult, gives me so much pride and joy and motivation,” Reyes said of her daughter to The Capital. “How can I complain when so many people have it harder than me?”

To learn more about the thousands of GED graduates from AACC, read The Capital's full story. That article is only available to subscribers, however.

Anybody with an Anne Arundel County Public Library card can read the story by searching "Irma Reyes" at this link.

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