One of the many challenges some refugees face when they come to the United States is trying to find a job without a high school diploma.
Which is why Monday was so important for five students. They earned a high school diploma equivalency through the Global Institute of Lansing.
The programs director told us each of the graduates exhibited hard work and dedication.
"We have language barriers, English not being their native language. Cultural issues within the curriculum, cultural comprehension. These are all adults, so they have families and jobs and other responsibilities. And just the whole issue of integrating into our society," said Paula Frantz, Global Institute of Lansing.
The Global Institute has graduated 60 refugee and immigrant students in the last six years.
The ceremony was held Monday because it was World Refugee Day.