Inmates at Sedgwick County Detention Center earn their diplomas

Inmates graduate

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WICHITA, Kansas — Thursday was graduation day at the Sedgwick County Detention Center.

Two inmates went above and beyond to earn their high school diploma.

It’s the second year that inmates have had the opportunity to earn their high school diploma instead of getting their GED.

The center offers four classes with 12 inmates in each class and a waiting list after that.

“When a person comes in, we know within a week usually if a person is serious about it, but I’m willing to give everybody the opportunity to try, and it’s up to them,” said Sherry Johnston, Sedgwick County Detention Facility Instructor.

“I always wanted to have a high school diploma just wish I could of accomplished this sooner. Now, I’m relieved. I worked so hard these last few months,” said Jeremy Williams, graduate.

Jeremy says he’s planning on going to college when he’s released in just a few days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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