Mother and son earn diplomas

Just before her senior year of high school in Rhode Island, Betty Carr decided to quit.

A return to school when she was 19 ended when she got sick and she fell behind. Since then the Pawcatuck resident has raised three children and worked at businesses such as Bess Eaton and Dunkin Donuts.

A few years ago her son Stephen, decided to quit high school just a few credits short of his graduation.

Not long after, the 46-year-old Carr decided it was time to go back to high school and get her diploma. She convinced Stephen, now 22, to go back with her.

On May 14, the Carrs walked down the aisle together and received their high school diplomas at the annual Stonington Adult Education graduation ceremony.

"It's never too late. I tell that to a lot of people," she said, about her decision to return to school. "I didn't want my kids to think it's OK to quit. You can always find your dream. It's never too late."

Carr, who needed to complete 9.5 credits to earn her diploma, said she did better now (earning As and Bs) than when she was teenager even though she said the course work was more challenging.

Carr is now thinking of going to school to become a massage therapist.

In addition to the Carrs, those receiving their high school diplomas were Teuddys J. Espino, Anthony Gilruth, Maxx A. Higgins, Daniel D. King and Justis Simone Little.

Receiving her GED was Karen Rowland. Also honored were Elisangela Camacho, Linafe Dedios, Martha Gutierrez-Hall, Syed Mohsin and Liliya Shamatovich who completed the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. Mohsin also was honored for completing the course work needed for citizenship.


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