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Hinds CC graduates more than 800 students at five ceremonies
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19 December

Hinds CC graduates more than 800 students at five ceremonies

When Lexus Burns graduated with her associate degree in general studies from Hinds Community College Dec. 19, she got much more than a diploma.

“I have a five-month old daughter out there watching me walk across that stage,” she said. “And even though she’ll be too young to remember this day, she won’t forget that I taught her the importance of perseverance. I’ve worked, been a mother, and gone to school full time, all at the same time, to achieve my goal. I’ve set an example to her that says ‘never give up’.”

Burns, originally from Utica, attended the Raymond Campus and plans to attend Jackson State University where she will major in mathematics. Her ultimate career goal is to become a college professor.

Burns is among the more than 800 students who graduated on Dec. 18 and 19 at five fall ceremonies at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. The graduates earned a total 1,260 credentials including career and technical certificates as well as associate degrees, an increase over last December when 734 students earned 808 credentials.

“This is a remarkable increase,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Mississippi is beginning to recognize more and more how important college degrees are to the lives of the people of our state.”

Out of those, 45 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 94 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and179 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Janet Wasson, English instructor on the Raymond Campus and the college’s representative for the Legislature’s Feb. 17, 2015, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program, spoke to all academic graduates Friday, Dec. 19.

“All of you came to Hinds at many different stages in your life – with varying circumstances, and today after much hard work, long hours, and probably a few tears, you will walk across this stage having earned something that no one can take away from you,” she said. “One of our graduates today worked two jobs to support her family while taking a full load each semester and still managed to graduate with honors. I know one of our graduates spent nights in his car because he had nowhere else to stay but was in class every day that his class met. As a community college instructor, I am inspired by you. I’m inspired by stories of personal and academic struggles just as I am inspired by the stories of triumphs and successes. I am inspired by what you students have taught me.”

The speaker for the Thursday ceremonies was Charlie Mitchell, assistant dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi, who spoke to nursing and allied health graduates.

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May16 ceremonies close out record number of Hinds CC graduates
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16 May

May16 ceremonies close out record number of Hinds CC graduates

 

The Bates siblings gather before the graduation ceremony where Carlie and Kayla Bates received their associate degrees. From left are Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement and Student Success, Patrick Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Raymond Campus, Carlie Bates, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Kayla Bates, Kristin Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Rankin Campus, and Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for both the Rankin and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Bates family is from Pisgah.

The Bates siblings gather before the graduation ceremony where Carlie and Kayla Bates received their associate degrees. From left are Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement and Student Success, Patrick Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Raymond Campus, Carlie Bates, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Kayla Bates, Kristin Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Rankin Campus, and Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for both the Rankin and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Bates family is from Pisgah.

For Carlie and Kayla Bates, twin sisters, getting an education wasn’t a simple task. The siblings, along with their additional brother and sister, Patrick and Kristin, who are current Hinds CC students, had to work to pay their way through college. On Friday, May 16, the sisters celebrated their accomplishments by walking across the stage of Hogg Auditorium in Cain-Cochran Hall and receiving their diplomas.

 

“It took a while to find the right school for us,” said Carlie Bates. “But Hinds was definitely it. Our family is so appreciative of everything we’ve experienced here.”

 

Both Carlie and Kayla were students on the Rankin Campus. Their brother, Patrick, is a Hinds Connection student on the Raymond Campus, and their sister, Kristen, is a freshman on the Rankin Campus.

 

The Bates are among a record number of Hinds graduates this spring. Preliminary figures show that nearly 1,500 degrees and certificates were awarded in a record-setting seven ceremonies spread over three days. Of those, 250 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 146, magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA;  and 50, cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 GPA.

 

But those numbers don’t even tell the whole story. For the academic year that includes graduations in August and December 2013, preliminary data show Hinds is awarding 2,747 total degrees or other credentials to 2,257 students, some of whom have earned more than one credential, such as a career or technical certificate.

 

That’s a 22 percent increase in number of credentials over the 2013 academic year and a 9.6 percent increase in the number of students receiving credentials.

 

“Four years ago, we set out with a goal in mind, and that was to graduate a higher percentage of our students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Many students were completing their coursework, but they planned on transferring to a university so they didn’t see an associate degree to graduate as important. But there is a lot of direct evidence that shows the opposite of that, that it is very important.”

 

Muse said education has become even more important “for upward mobility, good jobs and to be able to make a good living to take care of their families in the future.”

 

Robert Graham, Hinds County District 1 Supervisor and speaker for the 8:30 a.m. ceremony, spoke to graduates from a unique perspective.

 

“I speak to you as a fellow graduate of this special place,” he said. “My education has been 30 years in the making, and it’s taught me two very important things: It’s never too late to go back to school, and it’s now how or when you start, but how you finish, that counts.”

 

Graham went on to ask the graduating class of 2014 a very important question.

 

“Are you ready?” he asked. “Are you ready to handle adversity; to persevere; to stay motivated and enthusiastic; to choose to live life to the fullest; to make changes; to be useful; to excel; to be humble; and to run towards success instead of walk towards it? I know the answer to this question. We are ready. We are absolutely ready!”

 

Malcolm White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, spoke to graduates during the noon and 3:30 ceremonies.

 

“James Meredith once said ‘Mississippi is the most powerful word in the English language,” said Malcolm. “Mississippi is indeed a powerful word and a powerful place. You – the class of 2014 – has every opportunity to live, work, learn and play here, and thrive while doing it. The time is right for your generation to create the new Mississippi, to rethink Mississippi, and I think one of the best ways to do that is through the creative economy. You are our future. You are the new Mississippi. You are our best hope.”

 

The Utica Campus graduation ceremony, which also includes Hinds Agricultural High School, will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium. Congressman Bennie Thompson is the speaker. It’s the last joint graduation for the Utica Campus and Hinds Agricultural High School.

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Hinds CC expands graduation ceremonies, announces speakers
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02 May

Hinds CC expands graduation ceremonies, announces speakers

Photo Cutline: Spring 2014 graduation speakers are, from left, Robert Graham, Timothy Moore, Malcolm White and Congressman Bennie Thompson. 

Hinds Community College will see its fourth year of record-breaking graduation numbers over seven ceremonies May 15-16 and May 18 on both the Raymond and Utica campuses.

With approximately 1,150 students receiving their diplomas, the college expanded its typical five ceremony plan into seven ceremonies to accommodate the large crowds. Last year, Hinds CC graduated 2,040 students total, including summer and fall graduation. For 2014that number jumped to 2,257.

“The college faculty and staff made a plan and a pledge to get more students to the graduation stage, and I am very proud of their effort and commitment to helping our students be successful,” said Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse. “The value of an associate degree or a career/technical certificate is demonstrated in marketable job skills and higher earning power.”

All nursing and allied health students will graduate in three ceremonies on Thursday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m., noon, and 3:30 p.m. with doors to open at 7:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. All other academic graduates will attend their ceremonies on Friday, May 16, at 8:30 a.m., noon, and 3:30 p.m. with doors to open at 7:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. All Raymond Campus ceremonies will take place in Hogg Auditorium of Cain-Cochran Hall.

The Utica Campus graduation ceremony, which also includes Hinds Agricultural High School, will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium.

Timothy Moore, president and CEO of the Mississippi Hospital Association, will speak to all nursing and allied health graduates May 15. Supervisor Robert Graham, who is getting a degree from Hinds Community College, will speak to academic graduates at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on May 16. Malcolm White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, will speak to academic graduates during the noon and 3:30 ceremonies May 16. Congressman Bennie Thompson will speak to all Utica Campus and Hinds AHS graduates May 18.

Moore has served as president and CEO of Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) since Sept. 1, 2013.  MHA is the statewide organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care systems and their patients and communities.

Prior to his current role at MHA, Moore served as president of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.  Moore earned his master’s degree in health care management from the University of New Orleans, as well as a bachelor’s degree in industrial science at Mississippi State University.

Graham is District 1 Supervisor for Hinds County, serving his second term in office. The area for which he is responsible covers northeast and north Jackson.  Graham was first elected to office in 2008; he has served as board president three times and as vice president once.

Graham retired from the Jackson Police Department in 2007 after 30 years of service as a 911 dispatch commander, a reserve lieutenant, a police academy instructor, a Crimestoppers coordinator and a public information officer.

In 2010 Graham decided to return to school after 20 years.  In deciding which institution of higher learning to attend, he says there were several factors that led him to choose Hinds Community College:  its unique location, flexibility, availability of on-line classes and friendly atmosphere.

“Hinds gave me the foundation to continue my education and to pursue an advanced degree in Criminal Justice.  I can truly say Hinds Community College has made the difference in my education and in my future,” he said.

White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, is responsible for the overall management, development and implementation of Mississippi’s story along with the creation of economic growth and opportunities for Mississippi through tourism.

White worked his way through the ranks of the hospitality industry and, along with his now deceased brother Hal, opened Hal & Mal’s in Jackson. White is the founder of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s  Parade, which benefits the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children and attracts more than 75,000 visitors from around the country to Jackson each year, and WellsFest, a family festival also held annually in Jackson.

He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission and Mississippi’s Bicentennial Organizing Committee.

Thompson, originally from Bolton, is a graduate of Hinds Agricultural High School. After graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Tougaloo College and a Master of Science from Jackson State University.

Thompson first worked as a school teacher and then served as alderman from 1968 to 1972 and mayor from 1973 to 1980, both in his hometown of Bolton. From 1980 to 1993, Thompson served as a Hinds County supervisor and was the founding member and president of the state’s Association of Black Supervisors. Thompson was elected to Congress in 1993 to represent the Second District of Mississippi and is now serving his 11th term.

He is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the state of Mississippi. He is also the only Democrat in the Mississippi Congressional Delegation.

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