Chelsey Higgins-Morse at the graduation ceremony of Youth Building Alternatives

Chelsey Higgins-Morse wipes a tear as her profile is read during the awarding of her diploma, as she and 19 other young men and women take part Friday in the graduation ceremony of Youth Building Alternatives, an alternate education program administered by LearningWorks that helps dropouts get their General Education Diplomas.

Andrew Annis at the graduation ceremony of Youth Building Alternatives

Andrew Annis, “Student of the Year” award recipient, acknowledges his applauding classmates after receiving his GED in the graduation ceremony held in the Portland Public Library auditorium. The congratulatory address was given by Ethan Strimling and the keynote address by Maine Senate President Justin Alfond.

Photos by Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer