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Annual gospel concert benefits Hinds CC law enforcement scholarship
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Annual gospel concert benefits Hinds CC law enforcement scholarship

The annual Good Old Fashioned Country Gospel Concert for the benefit of the Robert Wallace Hollingsworth Family Scholarship for Law Enforcement at Hinds Community College is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Admission is free but donations are accepted.

The concert features Once Voice from Vicksburg, Potters Clay Quartet from Houston, Born Again Quartet from Byram, pianist Janet Neal from Vicksburg, comedienne Naomi Barnette from Raymond and master of ceremonies Jack Hollingsworth of Utica.

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The annual benefit concert began in 2004 to help raise funds for Mike Hollingsworth, Jack Hollingsworth’s son, a Warren County deputy sheriff who was injured in the line of duty. Family members saw such great success with the event that they decided to make it a tradition. Currently, [tweetable alt=””]all proceeds go to the Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship[/tweetable], which ultimately helps a deserving Hinds student attend college. The scholarship made its first award to a Hinds student in 2009.

The scholarship is dedicated to five Hollingsworth men, all serving in some capacity in the field of law enforcement. The student receiving the scholarship must be majoring in criminal justice.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus graduates nearly 100 students
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Hinds CC Utica Campus graduates nearly 100 students

[tweetable alt=””]Vonya and DeMarcus Grear made for a happy family in their caps and gowns on Sunday[/tweetable], May 15 as Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus held its spring 2016 commencement.

“It is an honor to graduate with my mom,” DeMarcus said, holding his career certificate in Automotive Technology. Vonya earned an Associate in Arts degree in Clothing and Fashion Design Technology.

DeMarcus Grear, left, enjoys a happy moment with Vonya Grear, his mother, following a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. DeMarcus received a career certificate in Automotive Technology, while Vonya received an Associate in Arts in Clothing and Fashion Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

DeMarcus Grear, left, enjoys a happy moment with Vonya Grear, his mother, following a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. DeMarcus received a career certificate in Automotive Technology, while Vonya received an Associate in Arts in Clothing and Fashion Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduates at Hinds this semester received more than 1,500 certificates and degrees, as some graduates received more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 are graduating magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Two of Utica’s nearly 100 graduates walked across the stage at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium finished summa cum laude, Mary Cage and Demika Thomas. Four graduated magna cum laude, and 12 more graduated cum laude.

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers was the speaker for the commencement at Utica. Meyers encouraged graduates with words from the Dr. Seuss children’s book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” and her own personal experiences since becoming JSU president in 2011.

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers gave the commencement address at the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony on May 15, 2016.

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers gave the commencement address at the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony on May 15, 2016.

“Be kind, like your president, Dr. Muse,” she advised, as she explained how Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse was one of the first people to welcome her to Mississippi.

Muse spoke of the merits of a community college education on two important levels.

“Not only do we have the lowest cost, and highest quality education, but we also have the best faculty and staff there is to offer,” Muse said.

Drs. Carolyn Meyers, left, and Debra Mays-Jackson, before a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Drs. Carolyn Meyers, left, and Debra Mays-Jackson, before a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president of the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses, lauded Sunday’s event as a success.

“As Vice President of the Utica Campus, I am proud of our faculty and staff for their input and performance,” Mays-Jackson said. “Dr. Carolyn Meyers was an outstanding speaker and inspired us all. To our graduates, I appreciate you for choosing the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College for your collegiate experience and I am confident you are prepared to move on to challenges of the next chapter. I wish you all great success and a bright, fulfilling future. As new alums, do not forget the Utica Campus legacy,” Mays-Jackson said.

Instructors at the Utica Campus also earned credentials during Sunday’s ceremony.

Sheila White, a Biology instructor, received an Associate of Arts, while Eddie Perry, who instructs in the Automotive Technology program, received an Associate in Applied Science degree. Both graduated magna cum laude.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, academic dean for the Utica Campus, noted the achievements of all STEM graduates, those majoring in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Three of them presented recently at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, back row in center, academic dean of the Utica Campus, stands with STEM graduates, from left, Brensha Richardson, Joshua Hodge, Darione Maxie, Classie Bradford and Asia Braxton. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Mitchell Shears, back row in center, academic dean of the Utica Campus, stands with STEM graduates, from left, Brensha Richardson, Joshua Hodge, Darione Maxie, Classie Bradford and Asia Braxton. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

“We are very proud of our STEM students, because they are leaving the Utica Campus with something that a lot of college freshmen and sophomores do not – research experience,” Shears said. “Shears also noted that this experience gives Utica graduates a competitive advantage over other science majors headed to four-year universities.”

 

Gwendolyn Strong, admissions processor at the Utica Campus, led graduates as the Mace Carrier for the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Gwendolyn Strong, admissions processor at the Utica Campus, led graduates as the Mace Carrier for the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC graduates academic, technical students
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Hinds CC graduates academic, technical students

PEARL — Earning her Career Certificate in Paralegal Technology was a snap compared to what Lesa Hutchens had to survive to walk across the stage May 13.

“I had a kidney transplant from my sister in 2014 after going through two years of dialysis,” said Hutchens, a Cullman, Ala. native who had moved to Morton, Miss. to be with her mother. “They lost me twice, so I’ve been given a miracle.”

Lesa Hutchins, of Moreton, graduated with a degree in paralegal studies during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Lesa Hutchins, of Morton, graduated with a degree in paralegal studies during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hutchens graduated magna cum laude after landing on the President’s List three times during her studies at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. She walked across the stage of the Muse Center, located on the college’s Rankin Campus, on Friday with other academic and technical students. [tweetable alt=””]In all, more than 1,200 graduated from the college over three days of ceremonies.  [/tweetable]

Dr. Scot Edward Long’s resume’ of achievement stuck out long before he showed up to Friday’s ceremony with a gown that was a bit more decorated than the average two-year grad.

Dr. Scot Long, a professor at Mississippi College, received his Associate of Arts degree during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Scot Long, a professor at Mississippi College, received his Associate of Arts degree during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Long, an exercise trainer and professor of kinesiology at Mississippi College, has a Ph.D. in Human Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a licensed personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach.

“I came here from 1983 to ’85, lived here, was the lifeguard at the pool,” Long said before walking across the stage to earn that nearly forgotten Associate of Arts degree. “I loved being at Hinds and I regretted never finishing up here.”

Graduates from Vicksburg had their sights set on the job market. Alexis Noble earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising.

Alexis Noble, of Vicksburg, received an associate degree from Hinds Community College in Fashion Merchandising during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. At left is her mother, Rosetta Noble. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Alexis Noble, of Vicksburg, received an associate degree from Hinds Community College in Fashion Merchandising during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. At left is her mother, Rosetta Noble. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“I’ve always had an eye for it,” Noble said, soaking up the afternoon sun after graduation ceremonies May 13 with family members and others. “I have an opportunity in New York City and I’m taking it.”

Jennifer Ray earned a degree in Child Development and will be testing the job market soon.

“I’ll be job-hunting,” Ray said shortly after a photo with her brothers, Kenneth and Alex, and others.

Samantha Ables and Skylar Blades received associate degrees in Radiology and both plan to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center to pursue medical careers – Ables in Nuclear Medicine, Blades in Sonography and Phlebotemy. Kirsten Dickard and Kristen Dunaway were another pair of medical field graduates on Friday, both having earned associate degrees in Physical Therapy.

Samantha Ables (left) and Skylar Blades, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in radiology during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Samantha Ables (left) and Skylar Blades, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in radiology during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Kristen Dunaway and Kirsten Dickard, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in Physical Therapy during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kristen Dunaway and Kirsten Dickard, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in Physical Therapy during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Samuel Porter, 51, knew how to cut meat, but was out of a job and the future looked uncertain.

“I got into Meat Merchandising because I like doing it,” said Porter, of Bolton, moments before Friday’s ceremony.

Samuel Porter, of Bolton, graduated with a degree in Meat Merchandising from Hinds Community College at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/ Hinds Community College)

Samuel Porter, of Bolton, graduated with a degree in Meat Merchandising from Hinds Community College at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/ Hinds Community College)

Porter earned technical and career certificates in the Meat Merchandising program, which trains students for entry-level employment in various phases of meat processing, merchandising, catering and value-added products.

“Now, I can cut 500 pounds of sausage in a day,” Porter said.

This semester’s graduates received more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates received more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 are graduating magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

 

 

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Hinds CC graduates academic, technical students
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Hinds CC graduates academic, technical students

James Proctor Sr. had seen the world in 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, but hadn’t seen a classroom in about that long until he enrolled at Hinds Community College.

“It was a big adjustment coming back, plus I’ve been taking care of my own dad at home,” said Proctor, of Brandon, among more than 1,200 graduating from the college over three days of ceremonies.

Father and son James Proctor, Sr. and James Proctor II, of Brandon,  graduated from Hinds Community College with career certificates in Residential Carpentry  and Automotive Collision Repair. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Father and son James Proctor, Sr. and James Proctor II, of Brandon, graduated from Hinds Community College with career certificates in Residential Carpentry and Automotive Collision Repair. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

His son, James Jr., fresh out of high school, fully expected to hit the books to make his own way. [tweetable alt=””]Father and son graduated together on Friday with other academic and technical students[/tweetable], James Sr. with a career certificate in Carpentry and James Jr. with one in Automotive Collision Repair.

“I just found something I enjoy to do,” James Jr. said. “Once you get the gist of it, you’re fine.”

Kennicia Collins gathered with family and friends with newly-earned credentials in hand and a chance to relax after a job well done.

From left, Marquis Allen, Makaiya Perrin, Kennicia Collins, Khadijah Clayton and Kiara Lane. Collins graduated from Hinds Community College on Friday with a career certificate in Early Childhood Education. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

From left, Marquis Allen, Makaiya Perrin, Kennicia Collins, Khadijah Clayton and Kiara Lane. Collins graduated from Hinds Community College on Friday with a career certificate in Early Childhood Education. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“I want to go into social work and attend Jackson State University,” said Collins, of Jackson, holding her career certificate in Early Childhood Education and posing for photos.

Shemekia Champion, of Flora, found some time to reflect before Friday’s ceremony for academic and technical graduates, mainly on what she’ll enjoy most with her technical certificate in hospitality and culinary arts.

“I love to cook, mainly stuffed pork chops – and some shrimp and grits,” Champion said.

Shemika Champion, of Flora, graduated from Hinds Community College as a triple major in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Managemnt and Tourism. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Shemika Champion, of Flora, graduated from Hinds Community College as a triple major in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Managemnt and Tourism. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

This semester’s graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 are graduating magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Darrel McQuirter was the speaker for the Friday ceremony. McQuirter represents District 2 on the county board.

The Clinton native received an Associate degree in management from Hinds Junior College in 1983 before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mississippi College in 1985.

“You are at a different step in your life right now,” McQuirter told the graduating class. “I want to encourage and remind you this is just another step in your future and in your career. It’s to prepare you for the next part of your life.

“Steps are not designed for you to live on, build a house on or stay there. Steps are there to move you to a different level. Rest if you must – but don’t you quit.”

On Sunday May 15, about 100 students will graduate at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on the Utica Campus at a 2 p.m. ceremony. Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers is the speaker.

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Hinds CC graduates nursing, allied health students
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Hinds CC graduates nursing, allied health students

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC is graduating nearly 1,200 over the three days of ceremonies[/tweetable], with more than 800 participating in one of the ceremonies. Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

 

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Sara Martin of Ridgeland received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12. Celebrating with her are some of her family members, son Kyle, husband Stan, son Reid, daughters Anne Brinson and Carlie and mom Annie Sory.

Sara Martin of Ridgeland received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12. Celebrating with her are some of her family members, son Kyle, husband Stan, son Reid, daughters Anne Brinson and Carlie and mom Annie Sory.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Retired Raymond Campus automotive mechanic technology instructor Steve Miller was the grand marshal for the May 12-13 graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College, including the nursing and allied health ceremony on May 12.

Retired Raymond Campus automotive mechanic technology instructor Steve Miller was the grand marshal for the May 12-13 graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College, including the nursing and allied health ceremony on May 12.

Ciara Williams of Jackson helps Theary Kun So of Jackson with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Ciara Williams of Jackson helps Theary Kun So of Jackson with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Theary Kun So of Jackson helps Ashlie Hollingshead of Brandon with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Theary Kun So of Jackson helps Ashlie Hollingshead of Brandon with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Jessica Paul of Crystal Springs received a degree in radiology from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Jessica Paul of Crystal Springs received a degree in radiology from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Mary Hartfield of Brandon, formerly of Hattiesburg, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

Mary Hartfield of Brandon, formerly of Hattiesburg, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

Receiving degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, from left, Brooke Massey of Noxapater, Lauren Austin of Brandon, Morgan Mason of Brandon and Kaylee Rochelle of Canton.

Receiving degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, from left, Brooke Massey of Noxapater, Lauren Austin of Brandon, Morgan Mason of Brandon and Kaylee Rochelle of Canton.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

LaClara Webb of Florence graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Health Information Technology. She is with co-worker Jessica Brown and her sleeping daughter Skyler.

LaClara Webb of Florence graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Health Information Technology. She is with co-worker Jessica Brown and her sleeping daughter Skyler.

Erika Haddakin of Byram celebrated receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College on May 12. With her are little sisters Alyssa, standing, and Naomi.

Erika Haddakin of Byram celebrated receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College on May 12. With her are little sisters Alyssa, standing, and Naomi.

Elliott Pettus celebrated receiving his degree from Hinds Community College with family members from left, Emily Wagster Pettus, Madeleine Pettus and Gary Pettus.

Elliott Pettus celebrated receiving his degree from Hinds Community College with family members from left, Emily Wagster Pettus, Madeleine Pettus and Gary Pettus.

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Father, daughter receive same degree together from Hinds CC
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Father, daughter receive same degree together from Hinds CC

Michael Bryant and his daughter Mary Kathryn were dressed just alike in cap and gown and standing next to each other in the graduation line Thursday at Hinds Community College to receive their degrees in Health Care Assisting.

[tweetable alt=””]Nursing and allied health students graduated from Hinds CC May 12.[/tweetable]

Dad, 57, and daughter, 22, studied together at home in Star and quizzed each other as they rode together to classes.

Michael Bryant and daughter Mary Kathryn Bryant finished degrees in Health Care Assisting on May 12 at Hinds Community College. The two took the same classes, rode to campus together and studied together.

Michael Bryant and daughter Mary Kathryn Bryant finished degrees in Health Care Assisting on May 12 at Hinds Community College. The two took the same classes, rode to campus together and studied together.

“I’m going to go on to nursing school,” Mary Kathryn Bryant said. “He is retired and he has been interested in medical programs so we decided to go together.”

Dad said he couldn’t have done it without her. “It takes so much time. A lot of mornings getting up at 3:30 and studying but it was worth it. It’s been really good to have a study partner. There have been good days and bad days,” he said.

“Mostly good,” chimed in Mary Kathryn. “It’s been fun. I’m blessed.”

Michael Bryant already works part-time at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and plans to apply there and other hospitals. Mary Kathryn Bryant plans to attend nursing classes at night at Hinds. She’s hoping to talk her dad into joining her.

“We’ll see, he said.

Hinds is graduating nearly 1,200 over the three days of ceremonies, with more than 800 participating in one of the ceremonies. Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

Kelly Ann Collier, 28, of Vicksburg received her Associate Degree Nursing with a large audience of family members from five different states – Mississippi, Arizona, Nevada, Florida and New Hampshire.

They were all gathered “to watch me walk across the stage. It’s overwhelming. It’s emotional. They were so supportive throughout the program. I wouldn’t expect anything less,” she said.

Kelly Collier of Vicksburg received a degree in Associate Degree Nursing on May 12 at Hinds Community College under the eyes of family members who came from five states to see her walk across the stage.

Kelly Collier of Vicksburg received a degree in Associate Degree Nursing on May 12 at Hinds Community College under the eyes of family members who came from five states to see her walk across the stage.

Retired Hinds Community College allied health and nursing dean Mary Ann Sones was the speaker for the Thursday afternoon ceremony for allied health and nursing graduates. Sones began working at Hinds in August 1970.

“Today marks the successful conclusion of one, two or three years of diligent study. But it is really not an ending but a beginning,” Sones told graduates about their time at Hinds. “Today is a transition from one phase of your lives to another. It is the prologue that leads to new and different pathways.  I truly hope that the days you have spent here may be but the prologue for happy and fulfilling days to come.”

Sones said that modern technology has improved health care, but that’s not what patients will remember. It’s the care they receive from the professionals.

Mary Ann Sones was the speaker for the May 12 nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. She is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Mary Ann Sones was the speaker for the May 12 nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. She is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

“As you care for your patients, do so with diligence and humility. Treat them with respect and without being judgmental,” she said. “Listen and remember that many times you will need to listen rather than speak. You can learn a lot by listening. It may even be that what you learn is the very information you need to provide the best care for them.”

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

“Community colleges are open door institutions,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse told graduates and their families. “We welcome all students who have the desire to achieve; our cost is low, our quality is high, and we understand that most students have family and job obligations that require some flexibility in program delivery in terms of time and place.

“And, we understand that not everyone comes to us with the same academic preparation. We are dedicated to helping students be successful in college-level work. That’s why quality instruction is the foundation for everything we do,” he said.

On Friday May 13, academic and technical graduates, except for those attending the Utica Campus, will have ceremonies as follows: 10 a.m., students whose last names begin with A-J and 2 p.m., those whose last names begins with K-Z. The speaker is Darrel McQuirter, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

On Sunday May 15, about 100 students will graduate at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on the Utica Campus at a 2 p.m. ceremony. Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers is the speaker.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Fifteen Pisgah scholars headed to Hinds CC
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Fifteen Pisgah scholars headed to Hinds CC

[tweetable alt=””]Scholarship students at Pisgah High School were stars of the day May 6[/tweetable] for the school’s second annual Academic Signing Day event for college-bound seniors.

Two dozen seniors at the Rankin County school joined family, friends and many others in a packed gymnasium for a ceremony geared to mimic that of “signing day” events for student-athletes.

Pisgah High School held their second annual Academic Signing Day on May 6. Hinds Community College signees include, from left: T.J. Yates, Tori Shoemaker, Emily Still, Emily Nelson, Arryn Peterson, Taylor Bolton, Julie Thompson, Alexis Windham, Lindsey Strother, Katelyn Griffith, Angela McCurdy, Hinds Recruiter Meghan Hutchins, Keona Watson, Stacy Cole, Weston Bowman and Sean Gill. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Pisgah High School held their second annual Academic Signing Day on May 6. Hinds Community College signees include, from left: T.J. Yates, Tori Shoemaker, Emily Still, Emily Nelson, Arryn Peterson, Taylor Bolton, Julie Thompson, Alexis Windham, Lindsey Strother, Katelyn Griffith, Angela McCurdy, Hinds Recruiter Meghan Hutchins, Keona Watson, Stacy Cole, Weston Bowman and Sean Gill. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“We always celebrate our athletes who get college scholarships,” said Lillian Sims, an English teacher at the school who organized the event with fellow teacher Racquel Ross.

About a year ago, one of Sims’ students received both an athletic and an academic scholarship. The academic one went unnoticed and uncelebrated, Sims said.

“I realized it was tangible evidence we’re prioritizing athletics when it comes to college, and not academics,” she said. “Most of our students will not have an athletic scholarship, so I decided to have this day in recognition of all those hardworking students who’ve never stood in front of a crowd before, but they’ve put in just as much effort.”

Many of the students highlighted during the event have received at least one academic scholarship to a two- or four-year institution and participated in multiple activities outside of class. Many are members of the Rankin County school’s Beta Club, National Honor Society chapter and/or Phi Theta Kappa organization.

From left, Pisgah High School business and personal finance teacher Racquel Ross, senior Julie Thompson, and English teacher Lillian Sims pose for photos with Thompson's family after she signed a commitment to attend Hinds Community College during a signing day ceremony May 6 at the school. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

From left, Pisgah High School business and personal finance teacher Racquel Ross, senior Julie Thompson, and English teacher Lillian Sims pose for photos with Thompson’s family after she signed a commitment to attend Hinds Community College during a signing day ceremony May 6 at the school. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Some, such as Julie Thompson, among 15 who signed a commitment to attend Hinds Community College, will be the first in their families to attend college.

“I’ll be majoring in nursing,” said Thompson, accompanied by several members of her family. Thompson is president of the school’s Beta Club, as well as a member of NHS and PTK. She’s also secured three scholarships from the college.

“I’ve always wanted to help and care for people. I’ve always had a big heart.”

Career-tech options, such as high-tech manufacturing jobs, are also on the radar of Pisgah’s scholarship class of 2016.

Arryn Peterson, left foreground, clutches a tee shirt after signing a commitment with Hinds Community College during a signing day event May 6 at Pisgah High School. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Arryn Peterson, left foreground, clutches a tee shirt after signing a commitment with Hinds Community College during a signing day event May 6 at Pisgah High School. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“Most of my family went to Hinds,” said Arryn Peterson, a Pisgah senior who plans to enter the college’s Industrial Maintenance program, which trains students to work in modern-day manufacturing plants with the latest mechanical and electronic equipment.

“I’ve read a lot about the Industrial Maintenance class, and I think it’ll be a great class for me to learn,” he said.

Others on the list of Pisgah’s scholarship students who plan to attend Hinds were Taylor Bolton, Weston Bowman, Stacy Cole, Sean Gill, Katelyn Griffith, Angela McCurdy, Emily Nelson, Tori Shoemaker, Emily Still, Lindsey Strother, Keona Watson, Alexis Windham and T.J. Yates.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves headed the list of public officials who spoke during the hour-long program, terming the special day for students “an awesome opportunity.” State Reps. Jay Hughes and Tom Miles also spoke during program.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves speaks during a signing day ceremony May 6 at Pisgah High School. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves speaks during a signing day ceremony May 6 at Pisgah High School. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“I get to speak to a lot of large groups,” Reeves said. “But, this morning is particularly special, because I get to speak to a group in my hometown, in the school district I graduated from, in the gym I played in, to celebrate the successes of these students behind me.”

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Wassons named co-3E award recipients for Hinds CC
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Wassons named co-3E award recipients for Hinds CC

[tweetable alt=””]It’s all about family.[/tweetable]

That’s what this year’s 3E Award recipients, who are a husband and wife team, say about their time working at Hinds Community College.

Thomas Wasson, vice president for Physical Plant and Auxiliaries, and Janet Wasson, the current longest serving English instructor on the Raymond Campus, were named as the 3E awardees at the annual Employee Appreciation Event on April 29. 3E, which stands for Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment, is the highest award the college gives. The award is a secret until it is announced at the event.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event. They were given matching rocking chairs made by the carpentry department in the Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education program.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event. They were given matching rocking chairs made by the carpentry department in the Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education program.

The Wassons are natives of Starkville and now live in Raymond. Both have degrees from Mississippi State University and Mississippi College.

Only four times in the history of this award, which dates back to 1979, have multiple people been honored together – two sets of coworkers, a set of sisters, and one husband and wife team, said Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement, who presented the award. The two met as sixth-graders in Starkville, and Thomas Wasson was later a student under then-Starkville High School Principal Dr. Clyde Muse.

Thomas was hired first, worked at Hinds for 10 years, left briefly and returned. He has been at Hinds for 29 years. Among his duties are overseeing the facilities including buildings on every campus, maintenance, janitorial, cafeteria and energy management as well as Eagle Ridge Golf Course and John Bell Williams Airport. But it’s not the projects, buildings or rapid technology changes that stand out in his time at Hinds.

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“Hinds is a family. You don’t realize the family that Hinds is until you need that family. And your people need that family. They realize it’s not just a job,” he said. “It is all about the people. I have learned that you find the smartest people, hire them, get out of their way and let them do their jobs. And never hold them back.”

A 26-year employee, Janet Wasson came to Hinds shortly after her husband. She has been a resource learning assistant, tutor for support services and a writing center assistant.

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As a developmental educator, she has been involved with numerous programs and collaborations, including the 4Site program, the Dropout Recovery Advisory Board and SMACC.

She was named HEADWAE instructor in 2015. HEADWAE, Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence, was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution to annually honor the academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

She was a speaker at the fall 2014 graduation. “I’m at home here at Hinds. Hinds Community College is my family,” she said in her introductory remarks.

She is known for her passion and compassion for her students, even when they disappoint her. But for her those are teaching and learning moments.

Janet Wasson told the 2014 graduates, “With sincerest apologies to two universities in this state, I didn’t learn how to teach at those outstanding institutions. I learned how to teach in the classroom, with the best teachers, my Hinds students. You have taught me patience, compassion, empathy, diligence, tolerance and humility. … As a community college instructor, I am inspired by you.

 

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Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with Janet and Thomas Wasson

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with Janet and Thomas Wasson

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Hinds CC announces speakers for spring graduation ceremonies

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds Community College will have four spring 2016 graduation ceremonies[/tweetable], May 12-13 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus and May 15 at the Utica Campus. More than 1,100 students are expected to graduate over the three days.

Retired allied health and nursing dean Mary Ann Sones will speak to graduates at 2 p.m. May 12. Darrel McQuirter, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, speaks to academic and technical graduates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 13. Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University, is the speaker for the Utica Campus ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday May 15.

The grand marshal for the two Rankin Campus ceremonies is retiring Raymond Campus instructor Steve Miller.

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Sones, a Kosciusko native and 47-year resident of the Jackson area, retired from Hinds Community College in 2004 after 34 years in various teaching and administrative posts at the college. Sones served as chair of the dental assisting program, assistant dean of Allied Health and dean of the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. She received emeritus dean status in January 2009.

Upon being hired in 1970, she returned to school to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree while working. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her master’s in teaching with an emphasis in community college administration from Mississippi State University. Previously, Sones held certification and licensure in the areas of dental assisting, dental hygiene, as well as teaching and administrative licensure from the Mississippi Department of Education, Division of Career and Technical Education.

McQuirter, a Clinton native, graduated from Clinton High School in 1980. He received an Associate degree in management from Hinds Junior College in 1983 before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mississippi College in 1985.

He worked for the Clinton Fire Department for 27 years until he retired in January 2005. During his time as a firefighter, he served as the department’s chief starting in January 2000, making him the first African-American to hold the position.

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In December 2009, McQuirter became director of Permits and Zoning for Hinds County, a position that also involved being the county’s floodplain manager. He held the position until resigning in June 2013 to seek public office on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. He was elected supervisor later that year to represent District 2 of Hinds County.

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers is the 10th president of Jackson State University and a professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Since Meyers became president in 2011, Jackson State University expanded its impact with three new campus locations, increased course offerings for evening, weekend and online studies and implemented the nation’s largest freshman iPad initiative, which provides all first-year students with iPads to aid with their coursework.
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Meyers’ vision for growth continues with plans to construct an on-campus domed arena and increase enrollment to 15,000 students. Meyers brought to JSU more than 30 years of academic and administrative leadership experience in higher education, serving most recently as president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.

She served as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she was a tenured professor of mechanical engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering. Meyers also was a tenured faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology and was the first Associate Dean for Research in its College of Engineering.

Meyers earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University. She is a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a board member of the American Council on Education.

JSU hosted First Lady Michelle Obama as graduation speaker on April 23

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 16 scholars
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Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 16 scholars

Hinds Community College’s [tweetable alt=””]Honors Institute presented 16 students with awards of excellence for the 2014-15 academic term.[/tweetable] Each named a faculty mentor, who received a certificate as an Honored Faculty Member during a ceremony Wednesday, April 27.

Receiving Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Sydney Bufkin, of Vicksburg, who honored Music Instructor Randy Mapes
Sidney Bufkin, with Music Instructor Randy Mapes.

Sidney Bufkin, with Music Instructor Randy Mapes.

  • Lena Dixon, of Raymond, who honored Associate Director of Housing Tara Dunn
Lena Dixon, with Associate Director of Housing Tara Dunn.

Lena Dixon, with Associate Director of Housing Tara Dunn.

  • Tainekia Dixon, of Utica, who honored Academic Dean Dr. Tom Kelly
Tainekia Dixon, with Academic Dean Dr. Tom Kelly.

Tainekia Dixon, with Academic Dean Dr. Tom Kelly.

  • Styler Ginger, of Byram, who honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey
Styler Ginger, of Byram, honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey. Hailey was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

Styler Ginger, of Byram, honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey. Hailey was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

  • D’Erra McClure-Carter, of Port Gibson, who honored Veterinary Technology Instructor Dana Woodward
D'Erra McClure-Carter, with Veterinary Technology Instructor Dana Woodward.

D’Erra McClure-Carter, with Veterinary Technology Instructor Dana Woodward.

  • Sidney Phillips, of Florence, who honored Art Instructor Paula Duren
Sidney Phillips, with Art Instructor Paula Duren.

Sidney Phillips, with Art Instructor Paula Duren.

  • Ryan Saxton, of Clinton, who honored Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb
Ryan Saxton, with Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb.

Ryan Saxton, with Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb.

  • Megan Stockton, of Clinton, who honored Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn
Megan Stockton, with Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn.

Megan Stockton, with Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn.

  • Taylor Stockton, of Cleveland, who honored Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding
Taylor Stockton, with Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding.

Taylor Stockton, with Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding.

  • Sara Terrell, of Bogue Chitto, who honored Agribusiness Technology Thomas Strickland
Sara Terrell, with Agribusiness Technology Thomas Strickland.

Sara Terrell, with Agribusiness Technology Instructor Thomas Strickland.

Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours, an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and at least 20 hours of community service.

Receiving Distinguished Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Elijah Beatty, of Pearl, who honored Reading Instructor Jennifer Rodgers
Eli Beatty honored Reading Instructor Jennifer Rodgers. Rodgers was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

Eli Beatty honored Reading Instructor Jennifer Rodgers. Rodgers was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

  • Olivia DeGrado, of Benton, who honored Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark
Olivia DeGrado, with Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark.

Olivia DeGrado, with Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark.

  • Courtney Evans, of Raymond, who honored Psychology Sharon Dorman
Courtney Evans, with Psychology Sharon Dorman.

Courtney Evans, with Psychology Sharon Dorman.

  • Robert Harrison Hunter, of Hermanville, who honored Computer Science Instructor Johannah Williams
Robert Harrison Hunter, with Computer Science Instructor Johannah Williams.

Robert Harrison Hunter, with Computer Science Instructor Johannah Williams.

  • Michael Pham, of Byram, who honored Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes
Michael Pham, with Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes.

Michael Pham, with Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes.

  • Eric Rush, of Clinton, who honored English Instructor Tim Krason
Eric Rush, with English Instructor Tim Krason.

Eric Rush, with English Instructor Tim Krason.

Distinguished Honors Scholars carry 18 or more honors hours and have two semesters in the Leadership Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and have at least 30 hours of community service.

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