AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Eight parents are among the first students to graduate and earn their high school GED through the LeBron James Family Foundation's I PROMISE Too program.
A special cap and gown ceremony was held Wednesday night for the eight parents that never made it to their high school graduation.
"I'm so proud of every single one of these parents for showing their kids, and themselves, that you can do anything you commit yourself to," said LeBron James. "As a parent, all the hard work and sacrifices they made to take classes and study for tests while still working full time jobs and raising their families is inspiring."
The graduates were required to attend classes three days a week and pass four GED tests that cover math, science, social studies, and language arts. The I PROMISE Too program is open to parents that have children in the I PROMISE program.
"This is something I've wanted to do for years but didn't even know where to start. LeBron's Foundation and this program made this possible for me, along with my teacher and my fellow parents and classmates," said Bobbie Keener, one of this year's graduating parents. "I know I needed to further my education to have more career opportunities and this is my ticket."
LJFF partner Chase announced that, as part of a mentorship program, each of the eight graduated will be paired with a mentor to help lead them into a career pathway.