RAYMOND – [tweetable alt=””]Summer graduation ceremonies are set for July 29 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus[/tweetable] as students earn associate’s degrees from Hinds Community College.

All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their degrees at 10 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 2 p.m.

Dr. James E. Davis, director of the Ph.D. program for Rural Community College leaders at Mississippi State University, is the speaker for both ceremonies.

Dr. James E. Davis
Dr. James E. Davis

Davis has spent 38 years working at all levels of education in Mississippi. His career as a teacher, instructor and administrator began as a junior high teacher in Columbus, followed by teaching jobs in Booneville and Philadelphia. He taught four years in community colleges as a biology instructor, then moved on to the university level and completed his doctorate in Leadership. He has directed the specialized leadership program at MSU, alma mater, for the past 14 years.

A seventh-generation family farm owner, Davis is an ardent supporter of rural issues and causes. Davis and his wife, Louise Davis, also an educator, have been married 38 years and have two sons, Thomas and Christopher.

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