Hinds Community College has selected two graduation speakers for ceremonies on Dec. 19 and 20 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Charlotte Dupre’, chief executive officer for Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, is the speaker on Dec. 19 for the 10 a.m. allied health and practical nursing graduation ceremony as well as the 2 p.m. Associate Degree Nursing ceremony. Jane Flowers, Work-Based Learning coordinator at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus as well as the faculty honoree for the legislative HEADWAE program in February, is the speaker on Dec. 20 for students whose last names begin with A to J at 10 a.m. and those whose last names begin with K to Z at 2 p.m.

Dupre’ has been at Central Mississippi Medical Center since January 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business education and a minor in journalism from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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She has continued her professional development over the years with a variety of business-related conferences and symposiums.

Among her positions, Dupre’ was executive director for Women’s Health Services at Woman’s Hospital Foundation in Baton Rouge from October 1994 to March 1997, administrator for the Duke Center for Living at Duke University Medical Center from March 1997 to June 2002 and held three different positions with LifePoint Hospitals including chief executive officer for River Parishes Hospital from July 2002 to July 2010.

She is a member of the advisory board for Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Flowers began her education as a student at Hinds, graduating in 1973 with a degree in distribution and marketing technology. She went on to Mississippi State University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in distributive education and her Master of Education in industrial education.

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But in the meantime, she taught at Hinds as an adjunct instructor beginning in 1975, working as a secondary cooperative distributive education instructor and coordinator, as well as a marketing and fashion merchandising instructor. She left the Hinds secondary program from 1981 to 1990 to raise her children, returning to the college campus in 1990.

During her 29 years of Hinds service, Flowers has served in a number of roles and on numerous committees. She is a member of the Mississippi and National Association of Developmental Education Teachers.

Flowers has been named a Hinds Hero, received the 3E Award (Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment), the college’s highest honor, and has been awarded numerous instructor of the year awards, among many other awards.

For more information about graduation, see the website at http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/graduation/default.aspx

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