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Diplomas for detainees

Metropolitan Detention Center inmate Ryan Friday shares a moment with his wife, Kadee Jaramillo, before graduating Thursday from the Gordon Bernell Charter School. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Metropolitan Detention Center inmate Ryan Friday shares a moment with his wife, Kadee Jaramillo, before graduating Thursday from the Gordon Bernell Charter School. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Seven inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center graduated from the Gordon Bernell Charter School on Thursday, a school designed for adults that allows them to take classes while in jail.

The oldest graduate was 53-year-old Elwyn Thompson.

Mentors, as well as the school’s principal, spoke about the graduates’ accomplishments, and a reception followed with music by David and the Boondoggles.

Family members and friends also attended the ceremony.

Leaf Crossman shakes hands with the county’s Public Safety Director Tom Swisstack before receiving his diploma during the Gordon Bernell Charter School graduation ceremony at the county jail. (Aaron Sweet/For the Albuquerque Journal)

Leaf Crossman shakes hands with the county’s Public Safety Director Tom Swisstack before receiving his diploma during the Gordon Bernell Charter School graduation ceremony at the county jail. (Aaron Sweet/For the Albuquerque Journal)

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