SOME Center for Employment Training Graduation

The SOME Center for Employment Training (SOME CET) Spring Commencement Ceremony was held on Friday, June 3. Forty-five graduates were honored, as well as 24 previous graduates who had retained their employment for one year.

Councilmember LaRuby May congratulated graduates and encouraged them to give back to the community, stating: “Service is the greatest privilege in life.”

Following a musical performance by two current SOME CET students, guests were treated to inspiring speeches by Building Maintenance Service Technician Class Speaker Helena Peters and Medical Administrative Assistant Class Speaker Temeka Royster.

Ms. Peters, who had been chronically unemployed, shared that she is now earning $30 per hour!

Ms. Royster rallied her fellow graduates with a cheer of “Once CET, always CET,” and told the crowd that she pushed herself to succeed for her son. Pointing him out, she said, “That young man – I had to fight for him.”

The Employer of the Year, Smithsonian Facilities Management, was recognized for creating an internship placement for SOME CET students. The Volunteer of the Year, Tony Fleming, was honored for his dedicated, weekly service at SOME CET.

Stephen Glaude, Executive Director of CNHED, delivered a powerful keynote address. He reflected on his own journey and told graduates: “We honor you today because you made a choice – to choose progress over failure. You’ve made a more powerful choice than you know.”

The graduates joyfully accepted their diplomas from SOME President Fr. John Adams. Six graduates received two diplomas, having completed both the Medical Administrative Assistant course and the Electronic Health Records course.

The event closed with a prayer by Deacon Tim Tilghman of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Congratulations, graduates!

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