Several adults celebrated a big accomplishment tonight, getting their GED.
Grauduates from Joplin's Adult Education and Literacy program walked the stage tonight in a ceremony that has taken place for the past 22 years.
Every year, the program helps guide about 100 students to their high school equivalency certificates.
Adult Education and Literacy Director Linda Dishman says the graduates now have brighter futures.
"The GED is the goose that lays the golden egg, the future is theirs now," Dishman said. "Now they can do whatever they'd like, they have the same opportunities as anybody else now."
Graduate Bonnie Thompson has dreamed of this night for a long time.
"I've wanted this for so many years," Thompson said. "I've tried several times."
The Adult Education and Literacy program will begin enrolling students for the next year on July 16th.