Gulfport woman gets her GED at 90

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) — Ellouise Lewis, 90, received an honorary GED certificate during a graduation ceremony at Gulfport Care Center on Wednesday.

“I never had the chance to graduate until this day,” she told WLOX.

Lewis dropped out of school in the 10th grade. Looking back on her 90s, she said the only thing she wished she had done was finish high school, so staff at the care center worked to make that happen.

“When they told me here I could get my GED, I was happy about that. I’m still happy,” she said, tearing up. “Excuse me, because it makes me happy to know that I can do it.”

When Lewis expressed her desire to complete her education to Activity Director Lisa Perdue, she set out to make her wish come true with a little research.

“It’s a blessing for me and my colleagues to be able to make this happen,” Perdue said.

She held out her hand to Southgate Wella Christian learning center in Gulfport.

“It was just great to be a part of this,” said Leonard Martin, who presented the certificate.

Lewis became the organization’s first-ever recipient after passing a mock test administered by the group.

Although not an official GED, the honorary GED certificate he was presented with illustrates his knowledge and determination to take the SouthGate course.

“It’s the first,” said his son Greg Lewis. “She is essential. So hopefully this will open doors for others to follow in his footsteps.

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