Bristol Community College celebrated High School Equivalency (HSE) graduates on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in the Jackson Arts Center, on the Bristol Fall River Campus. The college’s students were recognized for their dedication to completing Bristol’s HSE classes and state-wide examination credential.

Bristol's complete 2024 High School Equivalency Graduation Ceremony can be viewed here.

The celebration was facilitated by Bristol’s Director of Adult Education Nancy Labonte and included greetings from the college's President Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D. and an address by Mayor of Fall River Paul Coogan. The HiSET Achievement, Diane McMullen Persistence in Education and Bristol Adult Education Spirit Awards were also presented.

In addition, an Outstanding Service Award was presented to recently retired instructor Carol Ginsberg for 40 years of service to Bristol’s Adult Education program. She also presented the names of this year’s HSE graduates, whose achievements were celebrated alongside graduates’ families, friends and the Bristol community.

In Massachusetts, the High School Equivalency (HSE) tests 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, email, or call 774.357.2270.