WEST BURBANK — The Burbank Adult School, which for more than 80 years has served as the city’s facilitator of second chances and comeback stories, graduated the largest class in its history this week.
For many of the 88 adult students who received their high school diplomas at a graduation ceremony Wednesday, the Great Recession was exactly the type of catalyst needed to thrust them back into an educational environment, they said.
Sprinkled among the crowd of graduates were budding commercial builders, medical professionals and cable technicians, many of whom planned to pursue two- and four-year college degrees along the way. There were empty nesters, teen mothers and fathers and a woman planning her daughter’s graduation from Burroughs High School.
And, in addition to the nearly 90 students earning high school credentials, dozens of others received GEDs and eighth-grade diplomas. The record number of graduates, administrators said, spoke plainly to the continuing need for adult education.