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Hinds CC graduates more than 600 in summer ceremonies
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30 July

Hinds CC graduates more than 600 in summer ceremonies

PEARL – Hinds Community College graduated 611 students during the summer semester at its six locations.

Among 319 participating in two ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus was Tierra Williams, of Jackson, who earned an Associate in Arts degree from the college.  

In all, 391 credentials were conferred to the 611 who graduated from the college. 

Jasmine Coleman lost her mother several years ago and has dedicated each step in her education to her memory.

 “It was sudden to have lost her, just before my high school graduation,” Coleman said. “So, I’ve dedicated both my high school and college graduations to her.”

 Coleman, 22, of Jackson, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education, a field she’s eager to enter spread her caring sense and motherly instincts.

 “I have a son, Morgan, who is two, so he’s in that dedication as well,” Coleman said.

 Yolanda Houston, the college’s district director of Teacher Education, based on the Utica Campus, is a close confidant to Coleman and a family friend.

 “I taught her in grade school,” Houston said. “I’ve watched her mature and be strong through adversity and still be able to graduate.”

Of the total graduating, 197 did so with honors. That includes 85 who earned the cum laude designation, which is a 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average. Another 47 graduated magna cum laude, or a 3.6 to 3.99 grade point average, and 65 graduated summa cum laude, or a 4.0 grade point average. The total field of honor graduates equaled about one-third of the summer graduating class.  

Crystal Mays had waited a long time to celebrate a graduation in her family, which made her sister’s commencement from Hinds Community College all the sweeter.

“I’ve waited a long time for this,” Mays said amidst tears as she watched her sister, Eronda Graham-Daniels, walk across the stage after earning her Associate in Arts degree. “This is why I talk so much about finishing school.”

Peggy Hobson Calhoun, who represents District 3 on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies. Calhoun implored graduates not to give up when adversity strikes when they enter the workforce.

“You may think your vision of becoming successful is too difficult to realize, but it can become real,” Calhoun said. “I don’t know what your aspirations and pursuits are, but don’t blind your vision. Hold on to your visions and your dreams. Your vision defines what it is you want to accomplish out of life.”

Shelby Blakenship, center-right, of Brandon, earned an Associate in Applied Science from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She completed the Transition to RN program and plans a healthcare career. With her are her brother, Bryce; her mother, Maria; her father, Kirk; and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Shelby Blankenship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tirzah Burt, center, of Brandon, earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left are Hannah Burt, Lizzy Burt, Rachel Williams and Sarah Hartman, all her sisters, and Ella Kate Elmore, her cousin. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrea Felder, center, of Jackson, earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from Hinds Community College after having completed the Associate Degree Nursing program. With her during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus are husband Karick, son Avery, and son Everette. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Javeon Green, of Brandon, left, and Deloris Greer, bookstore manager at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, pose before summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Green earned a Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jasmine Coleman, right, of Jackson, earned an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With her is District Director of Teacher Education Yolanda Houston, left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Mays, of Louisville, sheds tears as she watches her sister, Eronda Graham-Daniels, graduate from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tierra Williams, of Jackson, was among more than 600 students who earned credentials during the summer semester at Hinds Community College. Williams earned an Associate in Arts degree during graduation ceremonies July 27. With her is friend Tamara Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Jiles, center-left, earned an Associate in Arts degee from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. He plans to study aerospace technology. With him are Joseph Jiles, his father, Esther Jiles, his mother, and Joseph Jiles Jr., his brother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ignatius Fluker, right, earned a Technical Certificate and a Career Certificate from Hinds Community College in Diesel Equipment Technology during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him is his grandmother, Christine Fluker. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sha’quitia Williams, center, of Vicksburg, earned a Career Certificate in business from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With her, from left, are friends Kimmer Williams, Chasity Jefferson, Kontonia Smith, and Janeshia Jefferson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Advancement Specialist Bethani England and Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, who was the mace bearer for summer graduation ceremonies July 27.,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Rawson, left, of Brandon, and Kimberly Prater, of Yazoo City, await summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at Hinds Community College. Both earned Associate in Applied Science degrees after completing the Transition to RN program. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

Christopher Hunsinger, right, of Clinton, earned an Associate in Arts degree from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him is his girlfriend, Shantenicka Henry. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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Hinds CC helps make career changes possible for nursing, allied health graduates
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27 July

Hinds CC helps make career changes possible for nursing, allied health graduates

PEARL – When Judye Braneff’s job in the banking industry was eliminated, it was time to come up with Plan B.

Judye Braneff, left, of Jackson, and Tamara Daniels, of Vaughan, share a pose before summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Each earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 “I lost my job in the industry and came to Hinds,” said Braneff, 60, of Jackson, who had her aptitude for getting into health data and statistics eyed early on by her instructors.

 “This was a perfect fit for me,” she said as she prepared to graduate among 319 people participating in two summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. In all, 391 credentials were conferred to 611 who graduated from the college. 

Braneff, who earned an Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology, was among about 130 who participated in the 8 a.m. ceremony for nursing and allied health graduates, many of whom switched careers to take advantage of Hinds’ stellar offerings in health-related areas of study. Graduates in academic and career-technical programs received credentials at a ceremony held at 11 a.m.

 “This was a wonderful opportunity to come to Hinds,” said Cherilyn Switzer, 45, of Pearl, who was a teacher’s assistant before moving over to healthcare.

Clyde Wilson, 45, of Jackson, was in a management position before pursuing his own Associate in Applied Science credential in the same field.

Peggy Hobson Calhoun speaks to graduates during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s been a change for me, but I’ve gotten a whole new career now,” Wilson said.

Wilson was among 197 who graduated with honors, in his case cum laude, which is a 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average. Another 47 graduated magna cum laude, or a 3.6 to 3.99 grade point average, and 65 graduated summa cum laude, or a 4.0 grade point average. The total of 197 honor graduates equaled about one-third of the summer graduating class.  

Peggy Hobson Calhoun, who represents District 3 on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies.

“Evaluate needed areas of improvement, and keep your vision alive for your profession,” Calhoun said. 

Clyde Wilson, of Jackson, prepares for summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Wilson earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Cherilyn Switzer, of Pearl, adjusts a fellow graduate’s cap before summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Switzer earned a Technical Certificate in Surgical Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony
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17 July

Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony

RAYMOND – Summer graduation ceremonies are set for July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus as students earn career or technical certificates and associate’s degrees from Hinds Community College.

Peggy Hobson Calhoun

The college will confer 389 credentials to 591 students in two ceremonies. All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their credentials at 8 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 11 a.m.

Peggy Hobson Calhoun, who represents District 3 on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, is the speaker at both ceremonies.

Calhoun, of Jackson, was first elected in 1992 and has championed issues of economic development, public health and safety. Over the years, she has received numerous awards and recognitions for services rendered to promote the development of women, as well as small and minority-owned businesses.

In 2017, Calhoun was selected by fellow county supervisors on the Mississippi Association of Supervisors to be the organization’s president for the 2017-18 term.

She is a member of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church and has two adult children with her husband, state Rep. Credell Calhoun.

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Joyner asks Utica Campus grads to ‘keep on pushin’ to goals, rewarding careers
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Joyner asks Utica Campus grads to ‘keep on pushin’ to goals, rewarding careers

UTICA – The man who’s known as the “Hardest Working Man in Radio” and “The Fly Jock” asked this year’s graduates of Hinds Community College Utica Campus to take a page from his own book and never rest on their laurels.

Tom Joyner, syndicated radio show host, speaks at the graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 13, 2018. At left are Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse and Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“You’ve all worked hard to get here today,” nationally syndicated radio and television show host Tom Joyner told about 130 who earned credentials inside J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on Sunday.

“So, turn to your neighbor and say, ‘the struggle is real.’ Some of you had financial issues. Some of you had academic issues. Some of you had problems at home. Some of you had school and jobs. Some had presentation issues – you name it. Some of you had all these issues at once. But, like the old song by The Impressions, you kept on pushin’.”

The Utica Campus, which is designated an HBCU (historically black college and universities), was selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation as its June 2018 School of the Month. The program is the signature such effort of his foundation in its support of HBCUs through fundraising efforts, scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements.

The Utica Campus is one of two, two-year HBCUs selected for the honor, which is traditionally reserved for four-year institutions. Annually, the Tom Joyner Foundation selects 11 HBCUs with which to partner. During the partnership, funds are raised in support of student scholarships and other initiatives to help sustain the HBCU.

Joyner asked students to stay focused on the next step in their education and added a twist uncommon to most graduation ceremonies but common indeed for times when he delivers a keynote address at one – he gave $5 to each graduate with a tacit pledge from each that they’d make it grow as they continued their education.

“I’ll put it in your hand, and you’ll make it grow – with your good ideas,” he said. “I want to see you add to that $5, with some more zeroes and some commas. When I see you again, I want you to tell me you made your idea work, and how you helped someone else.”

From left, Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse, keynote speaker Tom Joyner and Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus

On Saturday, Joyner visited the Mississippi Job Corps Center in Crystal Springs and attended a special program on campus recognizing his foundation’s work to support HBCUs.

“I heard so many stories there of overcoming adversity,” Joyner said of the visit, adding he was impressed by his tour of the campus. Joyner shares a hometown – Tuskegee, Ala. – with that of William H. Holtzclaw, who founded the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute in 1903, which is the Utica Campus today.

“What I love most about Hinds Community College in Utica, is that it offers something for everyone,” he said. “There’s traditional students who come straight from high school who intend on changing their direction. Whatever the situation, whatever your goals, God brought you to Hinds at the right time. Take it from me, HBCUs are the right place to be.”

Joyner also urged students to participate in civic life to make sure their voices are heard.

“We can tweet about social injustice, we can even march about it, but nothing will happen until we vote out elected officials we don’t believe in. It won’t happen at all unless you go vote.”

Traditional students with honors credentials walked in the grand processional into the gym side-by-side with those who took a more circuitous route to starting college.

One, Antonio Green, beamed with happiness outside the gym with his mother, Leah.

“I wanted to play football coming out of high school in New Orleans, but I’ve gone into Electronics Technology to start a career there,” Green said.

Daphanie Bryant, left, of Jackson, and Lemontez Brown, of Edwards, line up with fellow graduates of Hinds Community College Utica Campus before the graduation ceremony May 13, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jennifer Burnett, a custodian at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming Technology during the graduation ceremony on campus May 13, 2018. Burnett earned a Career Certificate in the subject last summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, director of the Jubiliee Singers at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, carries the mace en route to the graduation ceremony held on campus May 13, 2018. Cooper, who is retiring this year, is Hinds’ longest-tenured employee, with 45 years of service.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse speaks during graduation ceremonies at the Utica Campus May 13, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Vanessa Wilson, reading instructor at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, sings the national anthem before graduation ceremonies on campus May 13, 2018.

Antonio Green, center, originally from Algiers, La., earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology during a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus May 13, 2018. With him is friend and classmate Hosea Jackson Jr., left, and Antonio’s mother, Leah Green. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jubiliee Singers perform during graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College Utica Campus May 13, 2018.

Louis Perry Jr., center, earned a Career Certificate in Welding and Cutting Technology during graduation ceremonies held at Hinds Community College Utica Campus May 13, 2018. With him, from left, are his mother, Eddie Perry, sister Catina Perry, girlfriend Taylor Liggins, Utica Campus Chief of Police and family pastor Perry Terrell, niece Shay Miles, and cousin Maleek Bruce. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Sanders, second from right, of Jackson, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds Community College Utica Campus during the ceremony held on campus May 13, 2018. With her are sisters Charlotte Sanders and Samantha Johnson, and brother Romeo Johnson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

Students hold $5 bills distributed by keynote speaker Tom Joyner after the graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students hold $5 bills distributed by keynote speaker Tom Joyner after the graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus.

 

 

From left, Alexis Williamson, Jeffery Fairley, both of Jackson, and Brianna Watkins, of Summit, each of whom graduated from Hinds Community College with honors at ceremonies held at the Utica Campus May 13, 2018.

 

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Hinds CC provides path to American Dream for Honors international students
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Hinds CC provides path to American Dream for Honors international students

PEARL – For four Hinds Community College graduates this semester, their Hinds Experience is part and parcel of their developing American Dream.

Muammar Saeed, Zaid Qasem, Azzam Goraee, Abdulaziz Yafai (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Muammar Saeed, Azzam Goraee, Zaid Qasem and Abdulaziz Yafai each earned an Associate of Applied Science degree Friday, a first step in each’s goal of majoring in engineering at a four-year university.

“Being an engineer in the future, you also have to know about many things in life,” said Qasem, 22, who, like his three fellow native Yemeni students, attended Hinds as part of the federal F-1 student visa program. “I found something special about my journey in life being in the Honors program.”

The Honors Institute at Hinds affords high-achieving students a chance at challenging coursework and community service opportunities. Generally, incoming freshman students and current Hinds students may enter the program with a 3.5 GPA, composite ACT score or instructor recommendation.

“When I first came to Hinds, I felt a little isolated and didn’t really interact with others,” Saeed said. “But in the Honors program, they do lots of activities to get you involved. I can say being in the program helped me a lot to help me communicate with others.”

In five ceremonies May 10, 11 and 13, Hinds awarded 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, which is a 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, a 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

Zaid Qasem, Abdullah Mansour, Azzam Goraee, Abdulaziz Yafai, Muammar Saeed (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

The four students, related only by their Hinds experience, participated in community service projects such as the Hinds County Relay for Life, held on the Raymond Campus, recycling efforts to build awareness about a healthy environment and a trip to England to work with Bridgwater University, with which Hinds has a student exchange program.

“I listened to people with inspirational stories about surviving cancer,” Goraee said.

Yafai, 21, has achieved U.S. citizenship and learned as much about culture and language to round out his education. He visited England with fellow Honors students as part of international studies classes and enjoyed it immensely.

“I’ve lived in New York for a little while before coming to Mississippi,” he said. “If you learn a language without knowing the culture, it’s just empty words.”

His instructors shared his enthusiasm.

“These young men earned top grades and gave back to the local community through service projects while they were with us,” said Debbie McCollum, dean of the Honors Institute at the Raymond Campus. “Our program and our students’ lives were enriched by having them in the Honors Program.”

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MIBEST helps Vicksburg student on path to graduation
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11 May

MIBEST helps Vicksburg student on path to graduation

PEARL – With 24-hour cable news and social media, it can be a negative world out there. But Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Mike Morgan told Hinds Community College graduates that they don’t have to fall prey to all the negativity.

Mike Morgan, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, addressed 170 Hinds Community College graduates at the 8 a.m. Friday, May 11 ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

There are ways to combat the negativity by, instead, being positive. “Say thank you. You’re acknowledging something good. People need to hear that. Get in the habit,” Morgan told about 170 students graduating with career or technical certificates and associate degrees in academic or career-technical programs.

He asked them to do begin the habit as soon as the graduation ceremony was over.

He also told graduates to “stay connected to the unconnected world. It’s a beautiful day outside. Did you notice it? You couldn’t have ordered a better day. There is bad stuff out there but there has never been a better time to be alive. It’s the best it’s ever been right now.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse welcomes graduate and their families to the May 11 graduation ceremony for Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse reminded graduates that they are part of a long tradition that began when the college was founded in 1917 as an agricultural high school.

“The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates today represent a diverse set of circumstances, they are connected by their belief that a community college education is a step up to a broader opportunity to build a better life and to contribute to the communities we live in,” Muse said.

Among those graduating at the Friday 8 a.m. ceremony was London Duke of Vicksburg, who also earned a High School Equivalency certificate a few weeks ago through the MIBEST program at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus. She was also recently inducted into the Alpha Iota Kappa chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two-year colleges.

London Duke, left, sits among other graduates at the May 11 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Commuity College)

“I had dropped out of school in the eighth grade, got pregnant and didn’t finish,” said Duke, 26. “I had first taken my GED ages ago and also didn’t finish.”

MIBEST is Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program. The program allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their high school equivalency certificate at the same time. Students are prepared to be job-ready in six months to a year, train in high-demand areas and earn national certifications.

“They push you to continue and do your best,” Duke said. “It’s especially true, because here I am. I’m excited about the career opportunities no matter where I go after Hinds.”

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

On Thursday, May 10, Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director for the Mississippi Board of Nursing, spoke to nursing and allied health graduates.

Other speakers at the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus on Friday, May 11 were state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC graduates 170 students in first of three May 11 ceremonies
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Hinds CC graduates 170 students in first of three May 11 ceremonies

PEARL – About 170 students graduated at Hinds Community College with career or technical certificates and associate degrees in academic or career-technical programs in the first of three ceremonies on May 11.

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

On Thursday, May 10, Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director for the Mississippi Board of Nursing, spoke to nursing and allied health graduates.

Other speakers at the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus on Friday, May 11 were state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Dr. Norman Session, left, vice president for the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, and Marvin Moak, vice president for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, help hand out honor cords for the May 11 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Michael Davis, center, celebrates his May 11 graduation from Hinds Community College with Hinds County administrator Carmen Davis, Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Mike Morgan, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Al Davis. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

The Evans family of Flowood is a Hinds Community College family with Sherman Evans Sr., left, a Hinds alumnus with a degree in biomedical technology, Betty Evans with a degree in early childhood education as of May 11 and son Sherman “S.J.” Evans Jr. planning to major in kinesiology in the fall. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Shane Frye of Vicksburg, foreground, received a communications degree from Hinds Community College on May 11. His next step is Alcorn State University in Lorman. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Anna Hite of Raymond graduated from Hinds Community College on May 11. Hite, whose next step is the University of Mississippi, won numerous awards at Hinds including representing the college as the student HEADWAE honoree at the annual legislative luncheon in February. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Receiving credentials in medical data technology from Hinds Community College on May 11 were, from left, Jessica Fields of Pearl, Melinda Dunn of Pearl and Kailyn Duncan of Terry. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduating from Hinds Community College on May 11 with degrees in early childhood education are, from left, Betty Evans of Flowood, Madison Easterling of Brandon and Jillyssa Davis of Pearl.(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Charmaine Andrews-Grant of Ridgeland, left, received a degree in accounting, Anna Bongfen of Ridgeland received a degree in medical data technology and Fredrick Blackmon of Canton received a degree in logistics at Hinds Community College on May 11. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Twins Aliyah Atkins and Eliyah Atkins of Terry graduated from Hinds Community College on May 11. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Colleen Hartfield of Raymond, executive assistant to the president, reads the names of the graduates at the May 11 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC nursing, allied health students graduate on May 10
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Hinds CC nursing, allied health students graduate on May 10

PEARL – About 130 Hinds Community College nursing and allied health graduates received credentials at a 2 p.m. ceremony May 10 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

Speakers for Friday ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus are

Mike Morgan, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at 8 a.m. May 11; state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Ridge Rochelle of Canton received a degree in physical therapy assisting on May 10 at Hinds Community College. He is with is son Easton Rochelle, 9 ½ months. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Nickeysha Nathaniel of McComb received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Leanna Long of Pelahatchie and Emily Nicholson-Zetterholm of Clinton received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Brooke Barnes of Brandon with her son Jaxon Epperly, 3. Barnes received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with Dr. Bobby Cooper, the grand marshal and mace bearer for the May 10 graduation at Hinds Community College. The long-time director of the Jubilee Singers on the Utica Campus, Cooper is retiring with 45 years of service to the college. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduation speaker Phyllis Polk Johnson with Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health at Hinds Community College and Shan Montgomery, CFO for the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Johnson spoke to nursing and allied health graduates on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Nicole Vertucci of Richland adjusts the gown for Kayla Atkinson of Carthage. They received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Morgan Bruff of Jackson and Abby Horner of Ridgeland received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Sherry Kelley of Jackson, left, and Trenee’ Walton of Ridgeland received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Jonathan “Win” Winsted of Pelahatchie graduated with a degree in health care assisting on May 10 at Hinds Community College. During his Hinds career, he attended the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center and served as an officer in Phi Theta Kappa honor society. “I had a good experience. Both were really good campuses,” he said. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduating with degrees in health care assisting are, from left, Alex Shoemaker of Terry, Camille Young of Jackson, Courtney Stevens of Jackson, Raushauntriss Brown of Byram, and Bre-Anna Russell of Crystal Springs. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Stephanie Drake of Pearl received a degree in radiologic technology on May 10 from Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Patti Carroll employee helps her daughter Shelby Carroll of Clinton get ready for May 10 graduation. Shelby received a degree in radiologic technology.(April Garon/Hinds Community Colege)

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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates inspired by instructors
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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates inspired by instructors

PEARL – Amanda Perez of Florence compares the last two years of studying radiologic technology at Hinds Community College to running a race.

“Finishing today is the end of that race. I finally sit down and breathe,” said Perez, 30, who received her associate degree on May 10.

Amanda Perez of Florence celebrates her graduation on May 10 from Hinds Community College radiologic technology with her husband Juan and children Hayden, 10; Zoey, 7 and Khloe, 6. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Perez, married and the mother of three children ages 6, 7 and 10, is among the 1,319 Hinds graduates receiving a credential over five ceremonies spanning three days. She’s the first person on both her side of the family and her husband’s to receive a college degree.

Her “sitting down” time is brief. On the day after graduation, she planned to be at St. Dominic Hospital for a job that she had been working as a student radiologic technician.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, in his remarks to about 130 nursing and allied health graduates at a 2 p.m. ceremony May 10 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, recognized that there are many students like Perez.

“We understand that most students have family and job obligations that require some flexibility in their program. We strive to offer unlimited options that will meet the needs of our students,” he said.

“When we started our journey in 1917, 117 students enrolled – each one with the desire to achieve a better life,” Muse said. “Some things do not change; I suspect if we polled each graduate on this stage, nearly all would say they went to college to make things better – for themselves and for their families.”

Graduation speaker Phyllis Polk Johnson with Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health at Hinds Community College and Shan Montgomery, CFO for the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Johnson spoke to nursing and allied health graduates on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, was the speaker for the nursing and allied health ceremony.

“From an educational standpoint, I would like to assure you that Hinds Community College has readied you for your future careers and further educational pursuits. However, I want you to know that what you will face in the actual world of being a health care professional will be challenging,” she said.

Johnson had two pieces of advice for graduates: “Remember to always possess a willingness to learn. Never forget your training has prepared you,” she said.

“At every age and stage of your life and your professional career, be ready to learn something new and be ready to learn a new something. You will live and work in a world filled with fast-paced changes which will require you to learn and never stop learning,” Johnson said. “Those who chose to not learn will be left behind and phased-out of this current job market.”

She also reminded them that “Hinds Community College has prepared you … You have been prepared to be competent, caring healthcare professionals. You must see your training as an investment in your future. Your future is bright and it begins now. The workforce awaits.”

Perez and her classmates are ready to capitalize on the opportunity. Two years ago, “my youngest was going to school and I wanted to do something. I couldn’t sit at home. Getting to help people is what I enjoy,” she said.

She attended a recruiting event at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. “I just decided then that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to do it for my kids. They were at the right ages for them to watch and learn from their mom,” she said.

Perez gives a lot of credit to husband Juan, who works in construction. “He has pulled all the weight I couldn’t pull when I was in school. I worked two jobs at St. Dominic’s and Trust Care in Brandon,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to take those opportunities if he hadn’t been able to step up and do what had to be done.”

Perez considered nursing, but she’s convinced she settled on the right career field for her. “With x-ray you’re getting to take images, and doctors are looking at your images to diagnose people. Ultimately if you don’t take a good image, you’re not giving them the best care,” Perez said. “I get to be a part of their diagnosis AND I get to help them. I get to be the kind face when they’re in the hospital. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Cassidy Still, 21, of Brandon received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and plans to take a few more classes at Hinds before she applies to the University of Mississippi School of Nursing to work on a bachelor’s degree.

Cassidy Still of Brandon graduated from Hinds Community College on May 10 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

She was influenced by her mother who owns a day care center to find a profession that will enable her to help people. She knew that early childhood education wasn’t for her but nursing did appeal to her. She said the best part of her Hinds education was participating in clinicals with the oversight of her Hinds instructors.

“Actually getting to put what you learned in class into practice and interacting with people and taking care of them was awesome,” she said.

Ultimately she wants to be a nurse educator. “I want to inspire people. I have instructors this semester who made me fall in love with nursing. I want to do that for somebody some day,” said Still, who was selected by her instructors to receive the Outstanding Student Award for Associate Degree Nursing.

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

Speakers for Friday ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus are

Mike Morgan, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at 8 a.m. May 11; state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Radio personality Tom Joyner to speak at Hinds CC Utica Campus May 13 graduation ceremony
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Radio personality Tom Joyner to speak at Hinds CC Utica Campus May 13 graduation ceremony

UTICA – Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television host based in Dallas, Texas, is the speaker for the May 13 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. About 130 students from the Utica Campus will graduate.

The ceremony is at 2 p.m. in the Boyd Gymnasium.

The Utica Campus, which has a designation as an HBCU (historically black college and university), has been selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation as its June 2018 School of the Month.

The “School of the Month” program is the signature program of the foundation, which supports historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through fundraising efforts, scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements.

The designation is an opportunity for supporters of the HBCU campus to help raise money for student scholarships. The Utica Campus enrolls more than 800 students per semester. To donate online, supporters can go to the website: https://hub.hindscc.edu/tomjoyner. Additional fundraising opportunities will be available over the next few weeks.

Joyner’s show is the nation’s top syndicated morning show, airing in 105 markets and reaching nearly 8 million listeners.

The Utica Campus is one of two, two-year HBCUs selected for the honor, which is traditionally reserved for four-year institutions. Annually, the Tom Joyner Foundation selects 11 HBCUs with which to partner. During the partnership, funds are raised in support of student scholarships and other initiatives to help sustain the HBCU.

Fundraising efforts include a monthly day of giving by faculty, staff and students; church and community outreach programs; a donor reception; alumni support initiatives and a visit from Joyner.

All donations received during the campaign will be used for student scholarships at Hinds’ Utica Campus. Although selected for June, the campaign officially kicked off March 1 and will continue through Dec. 31.

Since 1998, Joyner’s foundation has provided support to HBCUs to help sustain and preserve their legacies through fundraising and donor development initiatives. More than $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending selected colleges and universities. Additionally, the foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support and career development to deserving students.

Hinds Community College has four other graduation ceremonies on May 10 and 11 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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