Bristol Community College celebrated High School Equivalency graduates with an in-person ceremony on Tuesday, June 28

Bristol Community College celebrated High School Equivalency (HSE) graduates with its first in-person ceremony in two years, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 6 p.m., in the Commonwealth College Center, on the Bristol Fall River Campus. Recipients from 2020 to 2022 were recognized for their dedication to successfully completing Bristol’s HSE classes and state-wide examination credential.

Bristol Community College’s complete 2022 High School Equivalency Graduation Ceremony can be viewed here:

The celebration was facilitated by Bristol Community College Director of Adult Education Nancy Labonte and included greetings from Bristol Community College President Laura L. Douglas. The 2021-22 Diane McMullen Scholarship recipient was awarded by the McMullen family to HSE student Pascale Lattouf, who has shown extraordinary dedication and perseverance in achieving her HSE credential and will continue her education at Bristol Community College in the general studies program beginning this summer. 

“It is a delight to have been able to bring the ceremony back here on campus to honor not only 2022 graduates, but those from 2020 and 2021 as well – giving everyone the chance to walk on stage and receive their HSE credential in person,” said Nancy Labonte, Director, Adult Education, Bristol Community College.

Bristol HSE Instructor Carol Ginsberg presented the names of this year’s 29 HSE graduates, whose achievements were celebrated alongside graduates’ families, friends and the Bristol community.

In Massachusetts, the High School Equivalency (HSE) tests (which include both the GED and HiSet) provide a state-issued, alternative credential to a high school diploma. The HSE high school equivalency diploma is essential for a student’s pathway to obtain a college degree, training programs, military careers and employment opportunities.

Bristol’s High School Equivalency (HSE) classes are competency-based, allowing students to register for, finish classes and take tests when they are ready.

For more information about Bristol Community College’s Adult Education programming, please visit or contact Nicola Machado by email at or call 774.357.2270.