Eleven Students Awarded Diplomas at NH State Prison Graduation Ceremony
(Concord, N.H.) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announces that 11 students in the Corrections Special School District received their diplomas during the 2017 Granite State High School commencement exercise at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men on March 31, 2017. Assistant Commissioner Helen Hanks presented the graduates with their diplomas.
The Corrections Special School District is a fully functioning high school that is operated in DOC correctional facilities through the Division of Community Corrections, Bureau of Programs. The students receive their diplomas after completing the required number of classes and credits like in any New Hampshire public high school.
“Obtaining a high school diploma is a significant accomplishment for each of these men and one that will play an important part in helping them to be successful when they are released from prison,” Commissioner William Wrenn said.
Ten of the eleven students were in attendance for the graduation ceremony. They were permitted to wear caps and gowns and invite family members to watch them complete their high school education. The one who could not make it is assigned to the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin and was awarded his diploma earlier in the month. In 2016, seven additional students at the NH State Prison for Men and the NH Correctional Facility for Women completed their high school requirements.
Three other students obtained college-level degrees on their own and were also recognized by the Assistant Commissioner and Education staff.