The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.
David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.
"It's been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy," Nelson said.
For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.