It was the perfect song for the occasion.
At the Detroit Public Schools Community District Adult Education Graduation, held at Martin Luther King Jr. High School Auditorium on June 13, 64 men and women from both the East and West campuses walked out triumphantly to the song "Can You Feel A Brand New Day" from the classic stage play "The Wiz".
And those men and women certainly could feel that, as each one of them celebrated their accomplishment of obtaining their high school diploma or GED--despite various obstacles in their life.
And many of them will start that day on a great note, as three Adult Education students--Aaron Hayden, Desirae Robinson, and Danielle Statom, all from the West Campus--each received $1000 scholarships from Diversified Members Credit Union to go toward their postsecondary studies. The scholarships were presented by Diversified Members chief operating officer Sati Smith, who herself dropped out, returned and got her GED before obtaining her bachelors' and master's degrees.
Heaster Wheeler, Michigan's Assistant Secretary of State, was the keynote speaker with an inspiring message for the audience in attendance.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and enjoy the dawning of your Brand New Day!!