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Saguaro Correctional Center celebrates graduation for 27 inmates

Graduation at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy was a small, but monumental ceremony for the students, teachers and staff involved.

On Thursday, 27 inmates were celebrated for their achievements in education. Each was awarded either their high school degree, associate’s degree or vocational certification in a ceremony filled with music and applause.

More than 30 people, including staff and teachers, waited for the graduates to come in the visitation room, which was decorated for the celebration. As the graduates walked in, a group of inmates played music.

Six of them wore blue cap and gowns, a signal they were receiving their GED degree, one was wearing a black cap and gown meaning he was receiving his associate’s degree. The others wore jumpsuits.

Inmates at the Saguaro Correctional Center perform during the graduation ceremony in Eloy on May 12.

“I’m pretty excited. Pretty nervous. It’s a little bit overwhelming,” Caven King said, standing in the lone black cap and gown.

Deborah Powell, assistant warden of programming at Saguaro said inmates can complete a vocational certification, pursue their GED if they don’t have one or to look at opportunities to get funds for a college education. Once they complete their studies, the center has combined graduation for all the degrees. Powell said they can have two or four ceremonies each year.

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