Adriana Alvarenga fidgeted with her cap and gown in anxious anticipation for the Burbank Adult School graduation ceremony to begin on Wednesday.
“I am so happy to finish. I’ve come a long way,” said Alvarenga, who received her high-school diploma and last month was inducted into the school’s Honor Society.
After attending Eagle Rock High School for three years, she dropped out to help support her family.
Now, with graduation certificate in hand, she plans to start classes in September at Glendale Community College.
Alvarenga was one of 63 students who graduated on Wednesday from Burbank Adult School with a high school diploma.
Another 87 students obtained their GED, which is gained by taking a set of five high school exit exams.
Eleven Adult Basic Education students were awarded eighth-grade level diplomas, School Director Cherise Moore said.