Delgado Celebrates 150 Graduates of High School Equivalency Diploma Program

July 28, 2020

Delgado Community College announces the recent graduation ceremonies to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of 150 graduates of the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) pathway in Adult Education at Delgado.

The commencement ceremonies were hosted in collaboration with the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, the New Orleans Public Library, and the Office of Mayor LaToya Cantrell. In total, there were over 400 graduates citywide between the six literacy providers that participated in the event, which was held virtually on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Student Services Coordinator Nia Davis helped to support graduates in attending the first-ever remote graduation event. “The health pandemic presented a unique challenge for our community that looks forward to this annual event for celebrating the extraordinary accomplishment of our adult learners. We are proud to have pivoted in a way that enabled our students and their families to mark this momentous occasion,” Davis said.

Interim Adult Education Director Evan Long added: “Our adult learners have overcome significant barriers to academic and professional success. We are truly inspired by the persistence and growth mindset demonstrated by our students, and are confident they will continue to find success as they pursue new college and career opportunities.”

The Delgado Adult Education Program welcomes all students seeking to build new skills to work towards achieving academic and professional goals. After intake, students can work with an individual success coach to build a custom pathway of classes and resources designed to help each student persist and complete the program.

 2019-20 Graduates Data Highlights

  • Total Delgado High School Equivalency Graduates: 150
  • Age range: 17-59
  • Average age: 29
  • Gender: 
    • Female: 59%
    • Male: 41%
  • Race
    • White: 43%
    • Black: 39%
    • Hispanic: 13%
    • Asian: 4%
    • Other: 1%

About the Delgado Adult Education Program

The Adult Education Program at Delgado Community College is a free program available to any adult in the Greater New Orleans area looking to build academic and professional skills. 

Courses are available in four pathways:

  • College and Career Readiness (CCR) for any student pursuing a high school equivalency diploma and/or college and career pathway programs.
  • English Language Learners (ELL) for non-native English speakers studying to build reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
  • Accelerated Career Education (ACE) that enables students to enroll in technical courses alongside adult basic education coursework. Students earn industry-based credentials while studying to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
  • Community Education courses are also available in computer basics, financial literacy, college readiness, and more.

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, the Adult Education Program at Delgado has moved to fully online instruction. For more information and to apply online, visit

Delgado Community College will celebrate 100 years of service to the New Orleans region in 2021. The oldest and largest community college in Louisiana, Delgado provides instruction online and at seven locations. Delgado offers students the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the New Orleans region. Additionally, Delgado has articulation agreements with most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities that allow students to transfer their Delgado credits to bachelor’s degree programs. As well as offering degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s well-known motto: “Education that works!”