By Lt. Maria Mireles, AA/PIO
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison honored 58 graduates who received degrees, certificates or diplomas in various studies at the Chuckawalla Valley Adult School (CVAS) graduation.
Fourteen received a GED, 17 earned a Palo Verde College degree, 1 earned a Coastline College degree, 13 received a Microsoft Office certificate, 10 earned masonry certificates, and 2 received HVAC certificates.
CVAS strives to provide the best possible learning environment for its students. Through academic, vocational and life skills programs, students seek the chance for a positive transition into society by developing a heightened work ethic, acceptable social behavior and viable employment skills.
Warden A.M. Gonzales, in keeping with the response to the graduation theme “Now is the Time,” commended the graduates for taking advantage of the opportunities provided to them. Reminding them that now is the time to correct past failures, he went on to say, “Don’t allow your past mistakes to dictate your future. Be grateful to your family for standing by your side and supporting you through this journey.”
His remarks were followed by an array of talent ranging from an inmate band and multiple poetry presentations by Louder than a Bomb poetry group. The guest speaker was Sam Burton, Ironwood State Prison Chaplain. At the end of the ceremony the graduates and their guests enjoyed for refreshments.