Continuing Education Commencement

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Record Number: 19650
Displayed from: Feb 24, 2023 , until: Apr 24, 2023

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education Department will celebrate the success of 200 graduates at its Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Bill C. Anthis Center, 1200 S. Barr St. 

 From Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022, the graduates passed the High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam or completed High School Credit (HSC) requirements. The Continuing Education Program serves adult students of all ages, many of whom have endured educational and personal struggles on their road to graduation.  
During the graduation celebration, stories of five graduates will be shared.  

Luz Nereida Soto 

Luz is a wife, mother pastor. She attended elementary and middle school in Puerto Rico before moving to Massachusetts. She attended high school briefly before realizing she needed to quit school to earn money to pay rent and other bills as she was living independently. She now spends her time teaching her children and interacting with community youth. As Luz’s children entered their teens, she developed a heart for nurturing youth in her community and providing safe entertainment opportunities for them. She is encouraging her sons to set goals to earn college degrees. She entered the Continuing Education program to earn her diploma to be an example for them and is now attending Anderson University studying theology.  


Yadanar “Jewel” Moe 

Jewel immigrated to the United States from Myanmar to increase educational and life opportunities. Her dream is to pursue a degree in medicine with an emphasis in pediatrics. Pursuing her high school diploma included the language challenge of learning English, as well as, both parents having extended stays in the hospital. Completing her education during the pandemic allowed her to complete some of her classes online while at her parents’ bedside. She is currently a student at DePaul University in Chicago. 


Peyton Shaffer  

Peyton is an expert at making life fun and interesting. Peyton grew up in Richmond, Ind., and experienced the traumatic loss of her father. With her brother, Peyton was raised by her grandparents. In their care, she found a love for reptiles as she cared for the family’s pet bearded dragon. When her grandparents passed away, Peyton was forced to move in with her aunt who prevented her from pursuing education or working outside of the house. Peyton went to school until eighth grade, but did not continue to high school. She eventually left her aunt’s house and moved to Ohio where she learned how to drive and started to work. Several years later, a job transfer brought her to Fort Wayne and a close friend encouraged her to sign up for Continuing Education classes.  

Peyton qualified for the HSE fast track class. She worked so hard and is now a graduate. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art and is working to turn her hobby into business. She also plans to attend college to pursue a veterinarian degree.  

Michael Wenzel 

Michael dropped out of high school his senior year. Shortly after leaving school, he started HSE classes through Continuing Education. Life circumstances changed and Michael decided to enter the workforce before finishing the program. Unfortunately, his job was short-lived because of a devastating car accident that he miraculously survived. Michael returned to the Continuing Education program in 2021, and his educational journey was extremely difficult because of the injuries from his accident. He did not give up- and learned that even with a brain injury, he can still pursue his dreams.  


Terence Williams 

Terence was born and raised in Chicago, living there for 40 years before moving to Fort Wayne. He never finished school when he was young because he chose to pursue a job rather than an education. After a health crisis affected his ability to work, he decided it was time to finish his high school education. That journey took him much longer than expected, but his tenacity and positivity allowed him to complete his education and influence others. He is a father, grandfather, and husband who loves cooking, especially soul food. His wife of more than 20 years has been the main source of encouragement to him through his educational journey. 





With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.