The Conway Adult Education Center will welcome Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes as guest speaker for the 2008 Graduation Ceremony slated for May 17. Rhodes is married to Clyde E Rhodes Sr. and is mother to seven children. She is a retired educator and administrator for the Arkansas Department of Education. Her most significant professional accomplishment was the attainment of an earned Doctorate Degree in Education after being a 10th-grade high school dropout at the age of 15. Rhodes was widowed at the age of 29, reared and educated seven children through high school, college and technical colleges, and still managed to obtain her GED. Rhodes has an extensive educational background which includes a BA Degree from Philander Smith College and vocational counseling from the University of Houston in Texas. She also obtained her Master of Science in Education at UCA, and then went on to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to obtain her Educational Specialist Degree, Ed. S, and Doctorate in Education, Ed. D.
Rhodes received her post doctorate degree in adult education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and, in 2006, she was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. She is the founder of the non-profit organizations: Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes Education and Multi- Purpose Center for Adult Education, House of Vision, and E.K. Rhodes Activity Center all located in Little Rock. Her mission is to help others to be all that they can be by reaching their highest God given potential.
Over 300 students have successfully obtained their GED this year from the Conway Adult Education Center. The Commencement Celebration honoring these 2008 graduates will be held at 7 p.m. in the James H. Clark Auditorium on the Conway High School campus. All friends and relatives of our graduates are welcome to attend. Graduation caps and gowns are currently being distributed for all CAEC 2008 GED graduates. For more information regarding CAEC graduation or educational programs and services offered, call 450-4810.
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