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Kimberly Arnold of Jackson finished her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College at age 40. She graduated on Dec. 18.

Kimberly Arnold of Jackson finished her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College at age 40. She graduated on Dec. 18.

Kimberly Arnold of Jackson finished her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College at age 40.

With the support of her family, she was able to achieve her long-held dream. She finished college the first time in 1998. “Coming back  to school was a challenge for me but I made it,” she said.

She was among more than 800 students who graduated in one of three ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Muse Center on Hinds’ Rankin Campus.

Hinds conferred more than 1,300 credentials, including one-year career certificates or two-year technical certificates for career-technical programs or associate degrees. Some students are receiving more than one credential.

Graduating summa cum laude, with 4.0 grade point averages, are 156 students. Ninety-two graduate magna cum laude with GPAs of 3.6 to 3.99, and 135 graduate cum laude with GPAs of 3.2 to 3.59.

“We as educators look forward to the day in which we can celebrate the achievements of our students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse visits with graduation speaker Bobbie Anderson of Vicksburg at the Dec. 18 ceremony held at the college’s Rankin Campus.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse visits with graduation speaker Bobbie Anderson of Vicksburg at the Dec. 18 ceremony held at the college’s Rankin Campus.

Bobbie Anderson, dean emeritus of Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center, was the speaker for the nursing and allied health ceremony.

She told graduates to concentrate on the four Cs — competency, commitment, caring and communication. She cautioned them not to get too wrapped up in the modern medical technology and forget that they are caring for people. “Don’t forget to hold their hand and share a tear if you need to,” Anderson said.

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.

Morgan Currington of Vicksburg, sitting, Colie Hollowell of Vicksburg, standing left, and Clair Myers of Terry graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. with degrees in dental assisting.

Morgan Currington of Vicksburg, sitting, Colie Hollowell of Vicksburg, standing left, and Clair Myers of Terry graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. with degrees in dental assisting.

Sarah Bushnell of Ridgeland, Brittany Frith of Florence, Farisa Husband of Vicksburg and Tammy Watts of Florence received Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Sarah Bushnell of Ridgeland, Brittany Frith of Florence, Farisa Husband of Vicksburg and Tammy Watts of Florence received Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Maidee Campbell of Brandon, left, Morgan Masley of Jackson and Katie Pepper of Canton received Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Maidee Campbell of Brandon, left, Morgan Masley of Jackson and Katie Pepper of Canton received Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Shetara Granger of Jackson gets a selfie with nursing navigator Delores Garner. Granger received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Shetara Granger of Jackson gets a selfie with nursing navigator Delores Garner. Granger received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Terri Shores Black, retired Hinds Community College coach and physical education department chair, was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the Dec. 18 graduation ceremony.

Terri Shores Black, retired Hinds Community College coach and physical education department chair, was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the Dec. 18 graduation ceremony.

Joanna Barnes of Brookhaven received a degree in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is mom Ruby Daniels.

Joanna Barnes of Brookhaven received a degree in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is mom Ruby Daniels.

Akelia Graise of Jackson got lots of balloons and flowers from family members after receiving a practical nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is aunt Elizabeth Graise.

Akelia Graise of Jackson got lots of balloons and flowers from family members after receiving a practical nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is aunt Elizabeth Graise.

Kwmaine Smith of Port Gibson received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With him is Lakendra Council.

Kwmaine Smith of Port Gibson received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With him is Lakendra Council.

Haley Wilson of Brandon, left, and Emily Stewart of Braxton take a selfie after receiving their dental assisting degrees from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Haley Wilson of Brandon, left, and Emily Stewart of Braxton take a selfie after receiving their dental assisting degrees from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Carley Vogt of Florence received a degree in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is her daughter, Lilyann, 2.

Carley Vogt of Florence received a degree in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is her daughter, Lilyann, 2.

Michelle Sanders of Richland received a practical nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her are son Garrett Sanders, 13, and her mom, Fran Woods.

Michelle Sanders of Richland received a practical nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her are son Garrett Sanders, 13, and her mom, Fran Woods.

Breana Grimsley of Morton received a degree in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her are her parents, Chris and Joanne Grimsley

Breana Grimsley of Morton received a degree in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her are her parents, Chris and Joanne Grimsley

Sherika Epps of Jackson graduated with a degree in dental assisting at Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is sister Yvette McLendon.

Sherika Epps of Jackson graduated with a degree in dental assisting at Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is sister Yvette McLendon.

Amy Heggins of Mount Olive received a degree in practical nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is mom Paula Heggins.

Amy Heggins of Mount Olive received a degree in practical nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18. With her is mom Paula Heggins.

The family of Ceci Bankston of Pearl was thrilled to see her receive a degree in practical nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

The family of Ceci Bankston of Pearl was thrilled to see her receive a degree in practical nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18.

Ashley Hollins was on hand for the Dec. 18 Hinds Community College graduation of her friend Lateesha Taylor of Brandon, who received a degree in practical nursing.

Ashley Hollins was on hand for the Dec. 18 Hinds Community College graduation of her friend Lateesha Taylor of Brandon, who received a degree in practical nursing.

Tyeshia Harrington of Brandon, left, helps Samantha Brown of Ridgeland with her cap at the Dec. 18 graduation at Hinds Community College. They graduated with degrees in phlebotomy.

Tyeshia Harrington of Brandon, left, helps Samantha Brown of Ridgeland with her cap at the Dec. 18 graduation at Hinds Community College. They graduated with degrees in phlebotomy.

Bobbie Anderson of Vicksburg, Dean Emeritus of the nursing school at Hinds Community College, was the speaker for the Dec. 18 nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

Bobbie Anderson of Vicksburg, Dean Emeritus of the nursing school at Hinds Community College, was the speaker for the Dec. 18 nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

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    Cathy Hayden is a 30-year career journalist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Mississippi and a master of theological studies from Spring Hill College in Mobile. Hayden, who covered education at The Clarion-Ledger for 17 years, came to Hinds Community College in January 2007.

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