Kansas Department of Corrections, Dec. 14, 2023 – click to see original video
19 graduates received their diplomas from Lawrence Gardner High School and 16 students received certifications through Washburn Institute of Technology. All were inspired by guest speaker, Jermaine Wilson, who encouraged the graduates to see themselves as a success and to never give up.
Jermaine Wilson had quite a homecoming December 7th and 8th. On December 7th, the Leavenworth mayor and former resident of Lansing Correctional Facility, was able to put closure on his past as he toured his old prison, which has been vacated for several years in lieu of a more modernized prison which sits behind the original castle-like structure. His tour was part of a documentary filmed by Prison Fellowship, an organization of which Wilson is now an official Ambassador. The next day, he was the guest speaker at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex’s graduation ceremonies, a place where he spent 4 years as a young adult. In one of the most powerful graduation talks given at the facility, Wilson encouraged the graduates to see themselves as a “success”.