MASON, Mich. (WLNS) – Some Ingham County inmates will be ready for the work force when they’re released.
The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office hosted a graduation ceremony this morning as ten inmates earned their GED’s.
This ceremony was the first of its kind for Ingham County inmates.
There were ten graduates who participated, who took anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete their program.
Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth says it’s sometimes difficult to get people to graduate from their program since the average stay time in the jail is one hundred days.
But today, ten graduates crossed the finish line surrounded by friends, family, and their teachers to support them receive their diplomas.
“What I’ve learned is that failure is what creates opportunities,” said Aaron Taylor, an Ingham County inmate.
“They’re really proud of themselves, which is really important, you know,” said Mark Coscarella, the Deputy Superintendent for Lansing Public Schools. “I can be proud of them, which we are in the Lansing School District, we’re really proud of them. But they need to be proud of themselves. It comes from an inner peace with them so it’s been very rewarding.”
Sheriff Wriggelsworth said this ceremony needed help from the different departments to make it possible.
He hopes now that the first graduation has happened, jail officials will continue for years to come.