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Hinds CC graduates academic and career-tech students
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18 December

Hinds CC graduates academic and career-tech students

Larry Brown walked across the stage with a golden cord around his neck and satisfaction in his heart.

“I came back to school to inspire my grandkids,” Brown, 51, said minutes before graduating from Hinds Community College cum laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting.

Larry Brown, left, and Linda Brown Long, right, pause for a moment during pre-ceremony preparations for graduation from Hinds Community College on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Brown earned an Associate of Applied Science degree and Long, his sister, earned her Associate Degreen in Nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Larry Brown, left, and Linda Brown Long, right, pause for a moment during pre-ceremony preparations for graduation from Hinds Community College on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Brown earned an Associate of Applied Science degree and Long, his sister, earned her Associate Degreen in Nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

It was an even bigger family affair than that for Brown. His sister, Linda Brown Long, 53, was also among the more than 800 students who graduated in three ceremonies Friday, Dec. 18 at the Muse Center on Hinds’ Rankin Campus.

Long earned her Associate Degree in Nursing on Friday. They walked in the midday ceremony with the academic and career-tech students simply to be on the same stage for family members.

“I pursued nursing to go into hospice,” Long said, adding an experience taking care of an older family member showed her the way to her new vocation.

“For me, it was taking care of my father who inspired me,” Long said.

It was a time for family for Keren Garrett as well.

Keren Garrett gets a hug from his nephew, Brayden, following graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus. Garrett earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Landscape Management Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Keren Garrett gets a hug from his nephew, Brayden, following graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Garrett earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Landscape Management Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Garrett, of Jackson, who earned an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Management Technology, gathered with eight members of his family, including his nephew, Brayden, and his 94-year-old great-grandmother, Maudia Taylor. Garrett said he wants to start his own architectural firm.

“It was wonderful,” Taylor said of seeing her great-grandson walk across the stage. “My heart was big.”

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.

“My challenge for each of us today is that we’ll choose to be like those people who ride the rollercoaster with both hands held high in the air,” Hughes said. “The truth is they are “all in” and because of that, they experience the joy of the ride to its fullest. You too can experience ultimate joy in life and success if you approach it by going “all in.”

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2pm Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony
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15 May

2pm Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony

Former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court James W. Smith, a Hinds Community College alumnus, spoke to graduates at four ceremonies Friday, May 15 about achieving success in life.

Of the total number of graduates, 73 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 151 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.

The last Hinds ceremony will be at the Utica Campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at J.D. Boyd Gym. Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., president of Alcorn State University, will be the speaker. Nearly 100 students are expected to graduate that day.

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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Tania Romano of Ridgeland graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 with a graphic design degree and already has a job with the Ramey Agency in Jackson.

Tania Romano of Ridgeland graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 with a graphic design degree and already has a job with the Ramey Agency in Jackson.

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Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

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Associated Student Government members Abram Muhammed of Jackson, left, and Nathan Murrell of Vicksburg get ready to graduate from Hinds Community College on May 15.

Associated Student Government members Abram Muhammed of Jackson, left, and Nathan Murrell of Vicksburg get ready to graduate from Hinds Community College on May 15.

Michaele Duke congratulates her friend Jasmine Monroe, right, of Jackson after her May 15 graduation from Hinds Community College.

Michaele Duke congratulates her friend Jasmine Monroe, right, of Jackson after her May 15 graduation from Hinds Community College.

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Sherob McDonald Jr., 2, of Vicksburg celebrated the Hinds Community College graduation of his dad, Sherob McDonald Sr. on May 15.

Sherob McDonald Jr., 2, of Vicksburg celebrated the Hinds Community College graduation of his dad, Sherob McDonald Sr. on May 15.

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Christopher McCollum of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with him is his nephew Jeremiah Williams, 5.

Christopher McCollum of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with him is his nephew Jeremiah Williams, 5.

Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

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Allea Paz of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with her are friends Reagan Chapman, left, and Christie Cloy, right.

Allea Paz of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with her are friends Reagan Chapman, left, and Christie Cloy, right.

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8am Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony
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15 May

8am Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony

RAYMOND – Former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court James W. Smith, a Hinds Community College alumnus, spoke to graduates at four ceremonies Friday, May 15 about achieving success in life.

Hinds has a record number of graduation ceremonies this spring with eight scheduled over three days and nearly 1,200 receiving credentials. Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

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.

Surrounded by members of her family, Kim Brookins of Jackson shows off the degree in office systems from Hinds Community College on May 15. Brookins, 45, said she is the first person in her family to graduate from college. “In order to increase my career opportunities, I needed a degree,” she said.

Surrounded by members of her family, Kim Brookins of Jackson shows off the degree in office systems from Hinds Community College on May 15. Brookins, 45, said she is the first person in her family to graduate from college. “In order to increase my career opportunities, I needed a degree,” she said.

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Develle Collier of Brandon, center celebrates his degree with soon-to-be-fiancé Kanesha McAllister, left, and his dad Clyde McAfee. Collier plans to major in business administration at Belhaven College.

Develle Collier of Brandon, center celebrates his degree with soon-to-be-fiancé Kanesha McAllister, left, and his dad Clyde McAfee. Collier plans to major in business administration at Belhaven College.

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Mario Evans of Jackson received a certificate in welding on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his sister Jamanda Durke, left, her baby Calli, his girlfriend Schawanda Pierre and her sister Tiffany Pierre, far right.

Mario Evans of Jackson received a certificate in welding on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his sister Jamanda Durke, left, her baby Calli, his girlfriend Schawanda Pierre and her sister Tiffany Pierre, far right.

Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest is surrounded by her family after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Harvey represented Hinds Community College in the HEADWAE event in February and is an officer in the Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest is surrounded by her family after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Harvey represented Hinds Community College in the HEADWAE event in February and is an officer in the Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Andrew Bailey Coomes of Vicksburg graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 and plans to major in marine biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. With him are his parents John and Kim Coomes.

Andrew Bailey Coomes of Vicksburg graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 and plans to major in marine biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. With him are his parents John and Kim Coomes.

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Betsi Turner, left, celebrates with new Hinds Community College graduate Mkaysha Butler of Clinton.

Betsi Turner, left, celebrates with new Hinds Community College graduate Mkaysha Butler of Clinton.

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 Tracy Duncan of Florence graduated with an associate degree in auto body repair on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his children, from left, Aiden, Laura and Ben. Duncan is the sports marketer/photographer at Hinds.


Tracy Duncan of Florence graduated with an associate degree in Applied Science- occupational education, automotive collision repair on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his children, from left, Aidan, Laura and Ben. Duncan is the sports marketer/photographer at Hinds.

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James Davis of Jackson celebrates graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15 with his nephew and adopted son, Jarontae Craft. Davis plans to major in social work at Jackson State University.

James Davis of Jackson celebrates graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15 with his nephew and adopted son, Jarontae Craft. Davis plans to major in social work at Jackson State University.

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Former Hi-Steppers Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, left, and Shelby Byrd of Florence head to the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. The Hinds Hi-Steppers is one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

Former Hi-Steppers Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, left, and Shelby Byrd of Florence head to the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. The Hinds Hi-Steppers is one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

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Spring 2015 Commencement- Allied Health Graduates
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Spring 2015 Commencement- Allied Health Graduates

Hinds has a record number of graduation ceremonies this spring with eight scheduled over three days. Nearly 1,200 will graduate in those commencement exercises, with more than 800 participating in the largest ceremony.

Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

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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Jerimy Brown of Clinton and his classmates received degrees in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14. He asked classmates including Kayla Hensarling of Terry, standing, and Kacey Thomas of Brandon, sitting, to sign a shirt for him as a going away present since he is moving.

Jerimy Brown of Clinton and his classmates received degrees in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14. He asked classmates including Kayla Hensarling of Terry, standing, and Kacey Thomas of Brandon, sitting, to sign a shirt for him as a going away present since he is moving.

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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.

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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Graduating in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14 was Courtney Bullock of Florence.

Graduating in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14 was Courtney Bullock of Florence.

 

 

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2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony
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14 May

2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony

Hinds graduated more than 200 in nursing and allied health programs on Thursday. Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region, was the speaker for all three.

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.

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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Mary Tate of Jackson, center, graduated on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College. With here are Jasmine Course, left, and Nikki Moore, right.

Mary Tate of Jackson, center, graduated on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College. With here are Jasmine Course, left, and Nikki Moore, right.

Graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College are, from left, Lindsey Thompson, Caitlyn Voyles, Fraser Adams, Memory McPherson and Todd Pitts, all of Jackson.

Graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College are, from left, Lindsey Thompson, Caitlyn Voyles, Fraser Adams, Memory McPherson and Todd Pitts, all of Jackson.

Victoria Gilmore of Jackson graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Celebrating with her is friend Lena Gilmore.

Victoria Gilmore of Jackson graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Celebrating with her is friend Lena Gilmore.

Oralia Sanchez of Richland graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. With her are Sergio Sanchez and Natalie Sanchez, 1.

Oralia Sanchez of Richland graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. With her are Sergio Sanchez and Natalie Sanchez, 1.

The  graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

The graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

Heather Horner of Ridgeland celebrates her May 14 graduation from Hinds Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing with her parents and grandparents, from left, Jerry Horner, Gene Horner, Andrea Horner and Cille Horner.

Heather Horner of Ridgeland celebrates her May 14 graduation from Hinds Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing with her parents and grandparents, from left, Jerry Horner, Gene Horner, Andrea Horner and Cille Horner.

Happy graduates at the May 14 Associate Degree Nursing ceremony at Hinds Community fling their hats in the air.

Happy graduates at the May 14 Associate Degree Nursing ceremony at Hinds Community fling their hats in the air.

The  graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

The graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

Celebrating their graduation from Hinds Community College on May 14 with  Associate Degrees in Nursing are, from left, Taylor Wages of Pearl, Virginia Johnson of Jackson, Nathan Goss of Brandon, Johnny Jones of Pelahatchie, Jason Hawthorne of Lake and Donielle Hartt of Pearl.

Celebrating their graduation from Hinds Community College on May 14 with Associate Degrees in Nursing are, from left, Taylor Wages of Pearl, Virginia Johnson of Jackson, Nathan Goss of Brandon, Johnny Jones of Pelahatchie, Jason Hawthorne of Lake and Donielle Hartt of Pearl.

Taylor Wages of Pearl, left, and Donielle Hartt of Pearl get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Both received an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Taylor Wages of Pearl, left, and Donielle Hartt of Pearl get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Both received an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds employee Kathy Price helps Kelly Parker of Brandon get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Parker, 47, was a sales representative before deciding to go to nursing school. “This was my dream,” she said. She already had a degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hinds employee Kathy Price helps Kelly Parker of Brandon get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Parker, 47, was a sales representative before deciding to go to nursing school. “This was my dream,” she said. She already had a degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lacy Pippin of Flowood, standing, and Ana Recinos of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Lacy Pippin of Flowood, standing, and Ana Recinos of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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Matthew Kessler of Vicksburg, left, and William McMullan of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. McMullan, 37, was a network engineer before going to nursing school. “It was rough at times, but worth it,” he said.

Matthew Kessler of Vicksburg, left, and William McMullan of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. McMullan, 37, was a network engineer before going to nursing school. “It was rough at times, but worth it,” he said.

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Hinds employee Bessie Cox helps Tammy Uthoff of Bentonia with her hat. She graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Uthoff, 42, was a dental assistant before going to nursing school. “I raised my kids and decided I wanted to do this. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. She and her husband got married on May 1 and between them they have five children ages 8 to 24 and two grandchildren. “My fiancé was just great. They all helped,” she said.

Hinds employee Bessie Cox helps Tammy Uthoff of Bentonia with her hat. She graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Uthoff, 42, was a dental assistant before going to nursing school. “I raised my kids and decided I wanted to do this. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. She and her husband got married on May 1 and between them they have five children ages 8 to 24 and two grandchildren. “My fiancé was just great. They all helped,” she said.

Katie Holder of Crystal Springs, Lauren Alford of Carthage, Joseph Easterling of Morton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Katie Holder of Crystal Springs, Lauren Alford of Carthage, Joseph Easterling of Morton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds Community College Admission employee Ann Travis checks in Nathan Goss of Brandon. He graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds Community College Admission employee Ann Travis checks in Nathan Goss of Brandon. He graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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Hinds CC graduates more than 800 students at five ceremonies
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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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Hinds CC’s Gamma Lambda chapter of PTK receives top honors
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Hinds CC’s Gamma Lambda chapter of PTK receives top honors

The Hinds Community College Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa won top honors by being named Most Distinguished Chapter in the Mississippi/Louisiana region in March. The chapter also placed number nine in the nation out of 1,350 chapters this April at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education, focuses activities on the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, and service.  Students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA on at least 12 college-transfer credits at Hinds are eligible to join.  Each Hinds campus has its own PTK chapter.

On Aug. 15 and 16, advisors and student officers of the Raymond Campus Gamma Lambda chapter completed an overnight strategic planning retreat at Wilsonwood Lodge in Vicksburg.  Advisors who direct this group include, (seated) Dr. Johannah Williams of Byram, Physical Sciences chair; Amber King of Raymond, English instructor; Debbie McCollum of Clinton, Honors Institute dean; Dr. Ben Cloyd of Jackson, Honors Program director/ history instructor; and, (not pictured) Jack Hite of Raymond, academic counselor.

Student officers pictured (back row, standing, from left) are Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Makensey Sanders of Clinton, Natalie Minton of Terry, Olivia Hall of Jackson, Mary Harvey of Forest, Edward Williams of Raymond, Shane Savannah of Edwards, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs, Emilee Ware of Byram, and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa and the Hinds Honors Institute, call Cheryl Bozeman at 601.857.3837/3531 or visit www.hindscc.edu/departments/honors.

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May16 ceremonies close out record number of Hinds CC graduates
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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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