Lonnie Biggers thought it would take years to pass the General Educational Development test.
But Biggers, 45, achieved his goal after taking just 16 weeks of classes at the Adult Learning Center at the Lawrence High School Annex, 2017 La.
Biggers, a machine operator at Lawrence Paper Co., participated in the GED graduation ceremony Wednesday night in the Lawrence High School auditorium along with 27 fellow graduates.
"I've always wanted to do it, but I just thought it would be time consuming and difficult," Biggers said Tuesday. "I had to be determined, and now felt like the right time."
Linda J. McGuire, facilitator of the Adult Learning Center, said 78 people at the center passed the GED test and received a Kansas State High School diploma issued by the Kansas Board of Regents this academic year.
She said it was typical for only a small portion of the graduates to participate in the ceremony. Biggers said at first he hadn't wanted to come.
"At my age, I feel kind of silly about it," he said. "But my wife wanted me to do it."
Pam Biggers, Lonnie's wife, said she was thrilled with her husband's success.
"It took a lot of work for him," she said Wednesday night. "It really just meant a lot to the both of us that he could do this."
Biggers said it was easier to get his diploma rather than think about it.
"The hardest part for me was making the appointment to go in the first day," he said.
The Adult Learning Center also offers free courses in reading, math and English as a second language. For more information, call 832-5960.