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For Immediate Release

December 14, 2007

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Inmates Receive High School Diplomas

(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announces that fourteen inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord participated in a graduation ceremony from Granite State High School. The inmates successfully completed the necessary course work and credits to obtain their high school diplomas.

Granite State High School is a school district located within the Concord prison facility. It employs a full contingent of qualified educators who teach the basic high school classes, such as English, Math, and Science, as well as other specialized programs. The program is separate from the Vocational Career and Technical Education Center that is also offered in the prison and the General Educational Development (GED) test.

“The offenders have worked hard to satisfactorily meet the requirements to obtain their high school diploma, which will assist them greatly when they are released and seek employment in the community,” Commissioner William L. Wrenn said.

The ceremony included speeches by graduates and performances by the inmate jazz band and the men’s choir. New Hampshire Education Commissioner Lyonel B. Tracy also attended.
This is the largest graduating class in recent years. In 2006, eleven inmates graduated from Granite State High School. In 2005, seven graduated.

(Right: Commissioner William L. Wrenn addresses the graduating class) Commissioner Wrenn addresses graduates
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