Tales of the non-traditional

She earns her GED at her local community college

Diploma opens new doors on life
Just months before she was to turn 50, Debi Tully decided to finish high school.

It was the summer of 2007 and the Oak Lawn mother of two believed that finally getting her diploma would be the ultimate birthday gift to herself. She registered for the General Educational Development (GED) review class at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.

“I was the oldest in my class,” she said. “But after the first half hour, I felt perfectly comfortable.”
She always knew she was bright. Over the years, she had held administrative assistant and office management jobs, usually boosting her income by waitressing. But the weakening economy seemed to indicate it was time for her to tend to unfinished business, not to mention to come clean.

For many years, she’d lived a lie of omission. Her husband, Joseph, a graduate of St. Laurence High, didn’t know that she had not earned a high school diploma.

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