COSTA MESA — At 24, Mudra Perez stands out from the typical high school graduate just for her age.
But a closer look at Perez—orphaned in India, adopted by an American family— shows her age is just the tip of the iceberg.
"It feels really great," she said. "I accomplished a lot. I'm just so thankful for everything my family did for me."
Perez received her high school diploma with about a dozen fellow graduates receiving their GEDs at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Adult Education commencement Thursday night at the Costa Mesa Community Center.
"Adult education commencement is a very special time," said Principal Bob Nanney. "Each person you see here in the green robes has a special story… they all have overcome obstacles and should be very proud of themselves."