Inmates hit books to graduate at Mule Creek State Prison

Nearly 100 inmate students achieved educational milestones during a recent ceremony at Mule Creek State Prison.

Nearly 100 inmate students achieved educational milestones during a recent ceremony at Mule Creek State Prison.

By Lt. Denise Ding, A.A., Public Information Officer
Mule Creek State Prison

Student inmates earned GED certificates, vocational certificates or college degrees during a recent graduation ceremony at Mule Creek State Prison’s (MCSP) Creekside Adult School.

Two ceremonies, held Sept. 19 and 26, were attended by friends, families and staff of the inmates to recognize the 95 students’ accomplishments.

CDCR Superintendent of Education Brant Choate hands out diplomas and certificates.

CDCR Superintendent of Education Brant Choate hands out diplomas and certificates.

Brant Choate, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Superintendent of Education, and Shannon Swain, CDCR Deputy Chief Superintendent of Education, were guest speakers. According to those who attended, the students were “inspired to set and reach for even higher goals.”

Prison Warden Joe A. Lizarraga said education is important for the futures of the inmates.

“An education opens the door to countless opportunities. An education expands your possibilities. But most importantly, an education provides you with a sense of accomplishment,” he told the graduates. “Remember this feeling of accomplishment and strive to duplicate it every day.”

MCSP Warden Joe A. Lizarraga speaks during the graduation.

MCSP Warden Joe A. Lizarraga speaks during the graduation.

Diplomas and certificates were presented by MCSP’s Superintendent of Correctional Education Programs, Russ Harris, along with the dignitaries in attendance.

This year’s graduating class consisted of one student earning a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree, one student who earned a Master of Divinity, and numerous students who earned Associate of Arts degrees.

Sixty-nine GED certificates were and 19 vocational certificates were also awarded during the two-day event.

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