By Michael Ormsby
If you didn't finish high school, the GED® test is your second chance to get back on track for better jobs, higher education, and more self esteem. You'll be in good company. Hundreds of thousands of people earn a GED certificate each year, and many of them go on to important jobs and interesting lives. Singers and actors often focus on their careers when they're young and sometimes miss out on high school. The GED test is a way to earn an important credential, even for celebrities who are already successes. Has your favorite celebrity earned a GED certificate? Check out these famous GED certificate earners.
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Celebrities Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson earned their GED certificates; actor Christian Slater earned his GED certificate to set a good example for his children. Actor and activist Michael J. Fox and actors Christina Applegate, Angelina Jolie, Kelly McGillis, and Mark Wahlberg also earned GED certificates. Comedians Chris Rock, D.L. Hughley, and Bill Cosby are also GED certificate earners.
Musicians including Britney Spears, David Bowie, 50 Cent, Eminem, Pink Jerry Garcia, and Waylon Jennings earned GED certificates. Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton is also a GED certificate earner, along with boxer Oscar De la Hoya and soccer player Mario Torres. ABC News anchor Peter Jennings earned a GED certificate and encouraged GED test students.
What about business and government leaders? Dave Thomas, who created Wendy's restaurants, earned a GED certificate. You can add to the list Wally Amos, maker of Famous Amos cookies. Ruth Ann Minner, a GED test graduate, became governor of Delaware, and former New Jersey governor Jim Florio also earned a GED certificate. The 17th Surgeon General of the U.S., Richard Carmona, also earned a GED certificate, as did former U.S Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
The GED certificate is important for Americans who never earned a high school diploma. Online high school diplomas are not accepted by many employers and colleges, but the GED certificate is the gold standard, awarded by your state and accepted by over 95% of colleges and jobs. If you earn your GED certificate, you'll be in good company.