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Hinds CC announces speakers for spring graduation ceremonies
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Hinds CC announces speakers for spring graduation ceremonies

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College will have four graduation ceremonies for spring 2017, starting with three on Friday, May 12 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The fourth is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at the Utica Campus, inside J.D. Boyd Gymnasium.

More than 1,000 students are expected to graduate over the two days. Brenda Castleberry, director of education at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, will speak to nursing and allied health graduates at the first ceremony May 12. State Sen. Briggs Hopson III, of Vicksburg, will speak to half the academic and career-technical graduates at 11 a.m. Former state school superintendent Dr. Tom Burnham will speak to the balance of the academic and career-technical graduates at 3 p.m. Dr. William Bynum Jr., president of Mississippi Valley State University, will speak to graduates in Utica on May 14.

Brenda Castleberry

Brenda Castleberry

Castleberry has served her current role at Baptist for 17 years and has worked at the facility for 50 years altogether. She earned a Diploma Degree in Nursing from the Gilfoy School of Nursing in 1963 and worked in a variety of positions in multiple hospitals for more than a decade before returning to school. Her career at Baptist began in 1965 as a charge nurse and became a head nurse in the coronary care unit within five years. Prior to her current position, she served as clinical nursing director. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Mississippi College. Her master’s degree in nursing is from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing.

She is a past president of the Mississippi Organization of Nurse Executives and Nurse Managers and for more than 40 years has helped coordinate the Mississippi Student Nurse Externship program. She received the State Nightingale Nursing Excellence Awards as a Mentor of the Year and Hall of Fame. She attends Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton.

State Sen. Briggs Hopson III

State Sen. Briggs Hopson III

Hopson represents District 23 in the Mississippi State Senate, covering Warren, Issaquena and Yazoo counties. First elected in 2007, he chairs the Energy Committee and is vice chair of the Appropriations Committee. He also sits on the Education, Judiciary A, Public Health, Tourism, Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency, Environmental Protection, Conservation and Water Resources, and Universities and Colleges committees in the chamber.

He is president of The Mississippi Bar and is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi. A partner in the Vicksburg law firm of Teller, Hassell & Hopson LLP, he holds a peer-review rated “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating agency. He is a past chairman of the United Way Board of Directors and Good Shepherd Community Center, and has served in several roles for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Mission Mississippi and the Mississippi River Trail, among other organizations.

Dr. Tom Burnham

Dr. Tom Burnham

Burnham, of Oxford, serves currently as interim director of the Mississippi Principal Corps. Prior to that, he served a second tenure as state school superintendent of education from 2010 to 2012. The Puckett native had first held the position from 1992 to 1997. Prior to serving as state superintendent of education the second time, he served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Mississippi from 2004-2009. He has served as superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools, in North Carolina, and of Biloxi Public Schools.

He is a past member of several state and national education organizations, including the Council of State School Officers, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Curriculum Development and Supervision and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, among others. In 2015, he was recognized as Alumnus of the Year at Hinds. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in School Administration from Mississippi College and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Delta State University.

Dr. William Bynum

Dr. William Bynum

Bynum was named president of MVSU in 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was vice president for Enrollment Management & Student Services at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, for four years, vice president in a similar role at Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania, for nine years, and associate vice president and dean of students at Clark Atlanta University for seven years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Davidson College, in North Carolina, and was later certified to teach Social Studies and Mathematics and North Carolina and Georgia. His master’s and doctorate degrees in Sociology were earned at Duke University.

A Rocky Mount, N.C. native, Bynum has served as a Covington Distinguished Professor of Sociology in his research and teaching career, which has included positions at Georgia Tech, Duke University and Durham and Edgecombe community colleges. His publications include a co-authored article with colleagues at Duke in the sociological journal Social Forces and a chapter in the book “Exploring the African American Experience.” His career in education began as a teacher, football and wrestling coach in Rocky Mount, N.C. and DeKalb County, Ga.

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Hinds CC schedules four spring graduation ceremonies
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06 April

Hinds CC schedules four spring graduation ceremonies

Hinds Community College will have four graduation ceremonies over two days, May 12 and May 14. More than 1,000 students will graduate.

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Three ceremonies will be on May 12 at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health students will graduate at the 8 a.m. ceremony. Academic and Career-Technical Education graduates whose last names begin with A-L will graduate at 11 a.m. with those whose last names begin with M-Z graduating at 3 p.m.

On Sunday May 14, the Utica Campus will have a ceremony at 2 p.m. at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on the Utica Campus.

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Grads of workforce development programs shine bright on big day
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19 December

Grads of workforce development programs shine bright on big day

PEARL — Just two years ago, Ronald Humes had dropped out of high school and was seemingly out of options.

Today, he has credential and a job offer in hand – and he feels on top of his world.

Ronald Humes, center, of Vicksburg, was among nearly 900 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College in three ceremonies Dec. 16. Humes earned a Career Certificate in Welding Technology and, earlier this year, had earned his High School Equivalency after completing the MI-BEST program at Hinds. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ronald Humes, center, of Vicksburg, was among nearly 900 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College in three ceremonies Dec. 16. Humes earned a Career Certificate in Welding Technology and, earlier this year, had earned his High School Equivalency after completing the MI-BEST program at Hinds. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s really a dream come true right now,” said Humes, of Vicksburg, among those in academic and technical areas of study who graduated from Hinds Community College Friday, Dec. 16 in ceremonies held at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Humes had earned his High School Equivalency certificate this past summer after completing the MI-BEST program at Hinds, a program that combines the high school equivalency curriculum with job training skills. Humes’ career certificate in Welding Technology was just the start of his big day Friday.

“I have a job offer right now where I’d make $32 an hour,” Humes said, surrounded by family and friends.

The college graduated nearly 900 students who received 1,263 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number 554 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday.

Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Jimmy Phillips and Thomas Scoggins graduated Hinds Community College on Friday, Dec. 16 with more than their credentials in hand.

Jimmy Phillips, left, of Copiah County, and Thomas Scoggins, of Richland, were among nearly 900 graduates from Hinds Community College who received credentials in three ceremonies Dec. 16, 2016. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jimmy Phillips, left, of Copiah County, and Thomas Scoggins, of Richland, were among nearly 900 graduates from Hinds Community College who received credentials in three ceremonies Dec. 16, 2016. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Each has a job offer after completing the Industrial Maintenance program, which prepares students for modern-day manufacturing facilities.

“I’ve got two offers now, in service and technical work,” said Phillips, of Copiah County, who grew up on a cattle farm and, on Friday, earned technical and career certificates in the field. Scoggins, of Richland, whose family owns an industrial equipment business, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree and graduated cum laude.

“I have some offers I’ll be going after, with this degree,” Scoggins said.

Coursework in the program combines previously separate disciplines into a single concept dubbed mechatronics, a multifaceted field of engineering, telecommunications, control and computer engineering.

Keila Adams, of Jackson, grew up with a few family members unable to hear the world around them.

Now, with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interpreter Technology in hand, Adams will be able to help her and countless others interact with their own loved ones.

Keila Adams, of Jackson, was among nearly 900 graduates at ceremonies held Dec.16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interpreter Technology, graduating summa cum laude. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Keila Adams, of Jackson, was among nearly 900 graduates of Hinds Community College at ceremonies held Dec. 16. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interpreter Technology, graduating summa cum laude. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“Sign language is a totally different language,” Adams said before walking across the stage as a summa cum laude graduate. “It’s a world not only of language, but of facial expressions.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted that many students want to make a better life for them and their families.

“The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates who sit upon this stage 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,” Muse said.

Dr. Bobby Glenn, director of the Veterinary Technology program at Hinds since 1976, spoke to academic and technical graduates on the value of their education in multiple measures.

“Twenty-five percent of first-semester college students do not return for their second semester,” Glenn said. “You did return. And you returned again. And you finished.

“Your degree will open doors that otherwise would not have opened. Wear your degree with pride – you’ve earned it.”

Hinds CC workforce program grads shine bright on big day
Dr. Bobby Glenn and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Dr. Bobby Glenn and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Darylle Buckley, right, was among nearly 900 nearly 900 graduates of Hinds Community College at ceremonies held Dec.16. Buckley earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Landscape Managment Technology. With her is Martha Hill, who directs the program of study. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Darylle Buckley, right, of Jackson, was among nearly 900 graduates of Hinds Community College at ceremonies held Dec.16. Buckley earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Landscape Management Technology. With her is Martha Hill, who directs the program of study. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Johnson, center right, was among nearly 900 graduates of Hinds Community College at ceremonies held Dec. 16. Johnson earned an Associate of Arts degree in general studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her is her father, Jimmy Johnson, left, her daughter, Carlie Blok, and her mother, Beverly Johnson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jamie Johnson, of Vicksburg, center right, was among nearly 900 graduates of Hinds Community College at ceremonies held Dec. 16. Johnson earned an Associate of Arts degree in general studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her is her father, Jimmy Johnson, left, her daughter, Carlie Blok, and her mother, Beverly Johnson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Curtis Hicks, left, was among nearly 900 graduates of Hinds Community College at ceremonies held Dec. 16. Hicks earned an Associate of Arts degree in kinesiology. With him are friends Kayla Thompson, Imani Adams and Tylesha Davis. All were classmates at Northwest Rankin High School. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Curtis Hicks, left, was among nearly 900 graduates of Hinds Community College at ceremonies held Dec. 16. Hicks earned an Associate of Arts degree in kinesiology. With him are friends Kayla Thompson, Imani Adams and Tylesha Davis. All were classmates at Northwest Rankin High School. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC nursing, allied health students graduate
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16 December

Hinds CC nursing, allied health students graduate

On Friday, Hinds graduated nearly 900 students who received 1,263 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number 554 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted that many students want to make a better life for them and their families.

“The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates who sit upon this stage 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,” Muse said.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, was the speaker for the nursing and allied health graduate ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16.

“Some of you who have scratched, scraped and clawed to get this degree;  juggling the responsibilities, trying to find enough time to study, making sure that you had your tuition and funds to get to class,” Holloway said. “Congratulations – because you made it! These trials and tribulations will help you with challenges to come. Cherish this tremendous accomplishment. You have so very much to be proud of, and be assured that all of us here celebrating with you today are very proud of you.”

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. The college opened in September 2017 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. Hinds has six locations in central Mississippi. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

Hinds CC graduated nearly 900 students on Friday, Dec. 16.

 

Hinds Community college nursing and allied health graduates gather in front of the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus after their Dec. 16 ceremony.

Hinds Community college nursing and allied health graduates gather in front of the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus after their Dec. 16 ceremony.

Students who graduated with honors receive cords before proceeding across the Muse Center stage during Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16. Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Students who graduated with honors receive cords before proceeding across the Muse Center stage during Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16. Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Students prepare to walk across the stage at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College graduate nearly 900 students in three ceremonies on Dec. 16.

Students prepare to walk across the stage at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College graduate nearly 900 students in three ceremonies on Dec. 16.

Cantrell Anderson of Benton receives his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him are, from left, sister Maesha Luckett, niece Bailey and his mom Julia Luckett.

Cantrell Anderson of Benton receives his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him are, from left, sister Maesha Luckett, niece Bailey and his mom Julia Luckett.

Sabrina Foucher of Ridgeland celebrates receiving her Practical Nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with her dad Wallace Foucher.

Sabrina Foucher of Ridgeland celebrates receiving her Practical Nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with her dad Wallace Foucher.

Rachel Junkin of Clinton, left, and Roxi Odom of Terry received Associate Degrees in Nursing on Dec. 16 from Hinds Community College in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Rachel Junkin of Clinton, left, and Roxi Odom of Terry received Associate Degrees in Nursing on Dec. 16 from Hinds Community College in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Texas native Ivan Muniz of Clinton plans to return to Texas for a job in a hospital emergency room after receiving his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16. He is standing in front of a carved eagle at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Texas native Ivan Muniz of Clinton plans to return to Texas for a job in a hospital emergency room after receiving his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16. He is standing in front of a carved eagle at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Amanda Lumm of Terry, left, is engulfed in a hug by her best friend Brittany Ross after receiving her dental assisting degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16.

Amanda Lumm of Terry, left, is engulfed in a hug by her best friend Brittany Ross after receiving her dental assisting degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16.

Shameeka Williams of Jackson, center, graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are Maya Bostic, left, and Vernita Johnson, right.

Shameeka Williams of Jackson, center, graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are Maya Bostic, left, and Vernita Johnson, right.

Sydne Allee of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are husband Aaron and sons Caiden, left, and Grayson.

Sydne Allee of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are husband Aaron and sons Caiden, left, and Grayson.

Hannah Wells of Pearl graduated in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She is with Paul Bennett, left, and Caleb Bennett. Taking the photo is Stephanie Morgan.

Hannah Wells of Pearl graduated in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She is with Paul Bennett, left, and Caleb Bennett. Taking the photo is Stephanie Morgan.

Emily Herring of Flowood graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a certificate in dental assisting. Celebrating with her are, from left, Natalee Long, Olivia Etheridege and, right, Laurel McLeland.

Emily Herring of Flowood graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a certificate in dental assisting. Celebrating with her are, from left, Natalee Long, Olivia Etheridege and, right, Laurel McLeland.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, addresses nursing and allied health graduates on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, addresses nursing and allied health graduates on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses nursing and allied health graduates at the Dec. 16 ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses nursing and allied health graduates at the Dec. 16 ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Ivan Muniz of Clinton receives an Associate Degree in nursing on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies held at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Ivan Muniz of Clinton receives an Associate Degree in nursing on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies held at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Vice President Dr. Theresa Hamilton of Raymond hands out diplomas at the Dec. 16 graduation ceremony for nursing and allied health graduates at Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus.

Vice President Dr. Theresa Hamilton of Raymond hands out diplomas at the Dec. 16 graduation ceremony for nursing and allied health graduates at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

Rachel Spell of Terry, left, Ciera Stephens of Pearl receive Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College at a ceremony on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Rachel Spell of Terry, left, Ciera Stephens of Pearl receive Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College at a ceremony on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Jessica Pierce of Morton, left, and Ametra Enochs of Jackson graduated from the Health Care Assisting program at Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Jessica Pierce of Morton, left, and Ametra Enochs of Jackson graduated from the Health Care Assisting program at Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Practical nursing graduates Khadijah Anderson of Vicksburg; left, Shamone Byest of Belzoni and Tammy Barrett of Vicksburg take a selfie before their ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Practical nursing graduates Khadijah Anderson of Vicksburg; left, Shamone Byest of Belzoni and Tammy Barrett of Vicksburg take a selfie before their ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College held three graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left are graduation speaker Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education, who was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

Hinds Community College held three graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left are graduation speaker Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education, who was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony on Dec. 16

Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony on Dec. 16

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Mom celebrates new baby, Hinds CC graduation
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Mom celebrates new baby, Hinds CC graduation

Niccole Landrum of Madison graduated on Dec. 16 with a certificate in Practical Nursing. With her are husband Wyatt and one-month-old son Parker.

Niccole Landrum of Madison graduated on Dec. 16 with a certificate in Practical Nursing. With her are husband Wyatt and one-month-old son Parker.

Niccole Landrum of Madison celebrated two big events on Friday: Her graduation from Hinds Community College with a Practical Nursing certificate and the one-month birthday of her son Parker.

He was born on the day she was supposed to take her last test, but she wound up taking a make-up test instead.

When she learned she would be pregnant while finishing nursing school, her first thought was “Oh, my goodness!” But she and husband Wyatt were thrilled.

“I knew it was perfect timing. We had tried for so long to have a baby,” Landrum said.

Parker slept through the ceremony in his dad’s arms while mom walked across stage to pick up her diploma. “I had worked so hard for it and I wanted him to be here with me,” she said.

Her next step is to continue on in the Transition to RN program and pick up a degree.

On Friday, Hinds graduated nearly 900 students who received 1,263 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number 554 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted that many students want to make a better life for them and their families.

“The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates who sit upon this stage 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,” Muse said.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, was the speaker for the nursing and allied health graduate ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16.

“Some of you who have scratched, scraped and clawed to get this degree;  juggling the responsibilities, trying to find enough time to study, making sure that you had your tuition and funds to get to class,” Holloway said. “Congratulations – because you made it! These trials and tribulations will help you with challenges to come. Cherish this tremendous accomplishment. You have so very much to be proud of, and be assured that all of us here celebrating with you today are very proud of you.”

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. The college opened in September 2017 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. Hinds has six locations in central Mississippi. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

New mom among Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates.

 

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Workforce specialist, retiring instructor are graduation speakers at Hinds CC
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15 November

Workforce specialist, retiring instructor are graduation speakers at Hinds CC

RAYMOND – Fall graduation ceremonies are set for Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus as students earn credentials from Hinds Community College.

All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their degrees at 8 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, is the speaker for the nursing and allied health graduate ceremony. Dr. Bobby Glenn, director of the Veterinary Technology program at Hinds, speaks to graduates at the midday and afternoon sessions.

Dexter Holloway

Dexter Holloway

Holloway, of Brookhaven, has worked with MCCB since 1999, first as a workforce specialist, then as director of Workforce Education. He was named to his current position in April. Previously, he worked with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Mississippi Department of Education.

He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Education from Alcorn State University, where he had earned his bachelor’s, in Technical Education with a concentration in Drafting. Currently, he is on the board of directors for several organizations in Lincoln County, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Alcorn State Alumni Association and Booster Club.

Dr. Bobby Glenn

Dr. Bobby Glenn

Glenn, of Madison, a 40-year employee of Hinds, received a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. He has directed the Veterinary Tech program since 1976. In October, Glenn was named the college’s faculty honoree for the Legislature’s HEADWAE program in February. The program honors academically talents students and faculty who have promoted academic excellence.

Glenn, who is retiring in December, is a member of the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medicine Association. He had served two years in the Army, including one year of deployment in Vietnam, and rose to the rank of captain before starting a private practice. He worked for the Mississippi Diagnostic lab for two years just prior to starting work at Hinds.

 

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Hinds CC graduates more than 400 in summer ceremony
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Hinds CC graduates more than 400 in summer ceremony

PEARL — Cynthia Jones decision on what to study in college took a while, but her look on graduation day was all about speed.

“Everything in my house is decorated cheetah,” Jones said, with her favorite animal print adorning her shoes and top of her mortarboard. A silver C shined bright in the middle of black and gold wildcat spots.

Hinds Community College Jackson Campus- Academic/Technical Center student Cynthia Jones graduated with an Associate of Arts in General Studies and plans to study healthcare administration at a four- year institution. She decorated her hat in her favorite pattern, Cheetah, and her first initial. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hinds Community College Jackson Campus- Academic/Technical Center student Cynthia Jones graduated with an Associate of Arts in General Studies and plans to study healthcare administration at a four-year institution. She decorated her hat in her favorite pattern, cheetah spots, and her first initial. At left, Jones shows off her cheetah-print shoes. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jones graduated from Hinds Community College on Friday, July 29 with an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies, a credential she hopes will be a first step to an advanced degree in healthcare administration.

“My mom is a registered nurse at UMMC in Jackson,” she said. “What I want to do is open a daycare with a medical staff to help out parents who often have to spend time and money taking care of their kids when they are sick. It will be daycare with a little bit of healthcare.”

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Hinds Community College conferred 467 degrees and certificates to 405 graduates in two graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. “A good number of our graduates are earning more than one community college credential,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Of that number, 256 students have chosen to participate in one of the two summer ceremonies.

Of the total number of graduates, 56 graduated summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 36 graduated magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 66 graduated cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Among those were friends Jawanza Tillman and Amber Taylor, who met while attending the Utica Campus.

Jawanza Tillman, left, looks on as her friend, Amber Taylor checks her hat using her smartphone camera just before summer graduation at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Tillman earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development, while Taylor's Associate of Arts is in Accounting. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Jawanza Tillman, left, looks on as her friend, Amber Taylor checks her hat using her smartphone camera just before summer graduation at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Tillman earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development, while Taylor’s Associate of Arts is in Accounting. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“This day is special because it’s us, it’s two friends graduating,” Tillman said. Her Associate of Applied Science degree is in Early Childhood Development, while Taylor’s Associate of Arts is in Accounting.

As much as Lemond Williams credits his instructors for making his graduation from Hinds Community College possible, it was inspiration at home that cheered him loudest.

“It was actually my wife who inspired me to come to college,” said Williams, a machine operator at Batesville Casket in Vicksburg who earned career and technical certificates on Friday during summer graduation ceremonies.

Lemond Williams, second from right, was among more than 400 graduates to whom degrees and certificates were conferred on Friday, July 29, 2016 during summer graduation ceremonies held at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. From left, John Singleton, Williams’ father-in-law, Genean Edmond, his daughter, Tanna Williams, his wife, Williams, and Marcelina Singleton, his mother-in-law. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Lemond Williams, second from right, was among more than 400 graduates to whom degrees and certificates were conferred on Friday, July 29, 2016 during summer graduation ceremonies held at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. From left, John Singleton, Williams’ father-in-law, Genean Edmond, his daughter, Tanna Williams, his wife, Williams, and Marcelina Singleton, his mother-in-law. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

The lifelong journeyman balanced work and school with grueling, 17-hour days – working his dawn-to-dusk shift at the plant, then attending classes at the college’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus. It wasn’t easy, his wife, Tanna, agreed, but he made it happen.

“He hadn’t ever been to college, so it was just amazing,” she said. “I’m so proud of him.”

The speaker for both graduation ceremonies was Dr. Ed Davis, director of the doctoral program for Rural Community College leaders at Mississippi State University.

“Many of you graduating today have chosen a path to go into the world of work immediately. Your terminal degree will provide you access to jobs providing for your family and love ones.  You are to be commended for having the desire to become proficient in an area that is needed and seek out employment,” Davis said. “Some you are only beginning the pursuit of a degree. You now will go on to other institutions and seek to reach a level of a certain type with your next steps.

“I challenge you all to be, whatever your professional choice, invested in the communities, towns, homes and regions where you will live.  Become involved, not just in your life, and those of your loved ones and friends.  Find ways to reach out and serve.  I promise you will live a more fulfilled life if you strive to do as much good to all around you every day,” Davis said.

“I suspect if we polled each graduate, nearly all would say they went to college to make things better — for themselves and for their families,” Muse said. “The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates here 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.”

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Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony
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Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony

RAYMOND – Summer graduation ceremonies are set for July 29 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus as students earn associate’s degrees from Hinds Community College.

All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their degrees at 10 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 2 p.m.

Dr. James E. Davis, director of the Ph.D. program for Rural Community College leaders at Mississippi State University, is the speaker for both ceremonies.

Dr. James E. Davis

Dr. James E. Davis

Davis has spent 38 years working at all levels of education in Mississippi. His career as a teacher, instructor and administrator began as a junior high teacher in Columbus, followed by teaching jobs in Booneville and Philadelphia. He taught four years in community colleges as a biology instructor, then moved on to the university level and completed his doctorate in Leadership. He has directed the specialized leadership program at MSU, alma mater, for the past 14 years.

A seventh-generation family farm owner, Davis is an ardent supporter of rural issues and causes. Davis and his wife, Louise Davis, also an educator, have been married 38 years and have two sons, Thomas and Christopher.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus graduates nearly 100 students
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18 May

Hinds CC Utica Campus graduates nearly 100 students

Vonya and DeMarcus Grear made for a happy family in their caps and gowns on Sunday, May 15 as Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus held its spring 2016 commencement.

“It is an honor to graduate with my mom,” DeMarcus said, holding his career certificate in Automotive Technology. Vonya earned an Associate in Arts degree in Clothing and Fashion Design Technology.

DeMarcus Grear, left, enjoys a happy moment with Vonya Grear, his mother, following a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. DeMarcus received a career certificate in Automotive Technology, while Vonya received an Associate in Arts in Clothing and Fashion Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

DeMarcus Grear, left, enjoys a happy moment with Vonya Grear, his mother, following a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. DeMarcus received a career certificate in Automotive Technology, while Vonya received an Associate in Arts in Clothing and Fashion Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduates at Hinds this semester received more than 1,500 certificates and degrees, as some graduates received more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 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.

Two of Utica’s nearly 100 graduates walked across the stage at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium finished summa cum laude, Mary Cage and Demika Thomas. Four graduated magna cum laude, and 12 more graduated cum laude.

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers was the speaker for the commencement at Utica. Meyers encouraged graduates with words from the Dr. Seuss children’s book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” and her own personal experiences since becoming JSU president in 2011.

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers gave the commencement address at the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony on May 15, 2016.

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers gave the commencement address at the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony on May 15, 2016.

“Be kind, like your president, Dr. Muse,” she advised, as she explained how Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse was one of the first people to welcome her to Mississippi.

Muse spoke of the merits of a community college education on two important levels.

“Not only do we have the lowest cost, and highest quality education, but we also have the best faculty and staff there is to offer,” Muse said.

Drs. Carolyn Meyers, left, and Debra Mays-Jackson, before a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Drs. Carolyn Meyers, left, and Debra Mays-Jackson, before a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president of the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses, lauded Sunday’s event as a success.

“As Vice President of the Utica Campus, I am proud of our faculty and staff for their input and performance,” Mays-Jackson said. “Dr. Carolyn Meyers was an outstanding speaker and inspired us all. To our graduates, I appreciate you for choosing the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College for your collegiate experience and I am confident you are prepared to move on to challenges of the next chapter. I wish you all great success and a bright, fulfilling future. As new alums, do not forget the Utica Campus legacy,” Mays-Jackson said.

Instructors at the Utica Campus also earned credentials during Sunday’s ceremony.

Sheila White, a Biology instructor, received an Associate of Arts, while Eddie Perry, who instructs in the Automotive Technology program, received an Associate in Applied Science degree. Both graduated magna cum laude.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, academic dean for the Utica Campus, noted the achievements of all STEM graduates, those majoring in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Three of them presented recently at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, back row in center, academic dean of the Utica Campus, stands with STEM graduates, from left, Brensha Richardson, Joshua Hodge, Darione Maxie, Classie Bradford and Asia Braxton. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Mitchell Shears, back row in center, academic dean of the Utica Campus, stands with STEM graduates, from left, Brensha Richardson, Joshua Hodge, Darione Maxie, Classie Bradford and Asia Braxton. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

“We are very proud of our STEM students, because they are leaving the Utica Campus with something that a lot of college freshmen and sophomores do not – research experience,” Shears said. “Shears also noted that this experience gives Utica graduates a competitive advantage over other science majors headed to four-year universities.”

 

Gwendolyn Strong, admissions processor at the Utica Campus, led graduates as the Mace Carrier for the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Gwendolyn Strong, admissions processor at the Utica Campus, led graduates as the Mace Carrier for the Hinds Community College Utica Campus graduation ceremony May 15, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC graduates academic, technical students
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Hinds CC graduates academic, technical students

PEARL — Earning her Career Certificate in Paralegal Technology was a snap compared to what Lesa Hutchens had to survive to walk across the stage May 13.

“I had a kidney transplant from my sister in 2014 after going through two years of dialysis,” said Hutchens, a Cullman, Ala. native who had moved to Morton, Miss. to be with her mother. “They lost me twice, so I’ve been given a miracle.”

Lesa Hutchins, of Moreton, graduated with a degree in paralegal studies during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Lesa Hutchins, of Morton, graduated with a degree in paralegal studies during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hutchens graduated magna cum laude after landing on the President’s List three times during her studies at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. She walked across the stage of the Muse Center, located on the college’s Rankin Campus, on Friday with other academic and technical students. In all, more than 1,200 graduated from the college over three days of ceremonies. 

Dr. Scot Edward Long’s resume’ of achievement stuck out long before he showed up to Friday’s ceremony with a gown that was a bit more decorated than the average two-year grad.

Dr. Scot Long, a professor at Mississippi College, received his Associate of Arts degree during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Scot Long, a professor at Mississippi College, received his Associate of Arts degree during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Long, an exercise trainer and professor of kinesiology at Mississippi College, has a Ph.D. in Human Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a licensed personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach.

“I came here from 1983 to ’85, lived here, was the lifeguard at the pool,” Long said before walking across the stage to earn that nearly forgotten Associate of Arts degree. “I loved being at Hinds and I regretted never finishing up here.”

Graduates from Vicksburg had their sights set on the job market. Alexis Noble earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising.

Alexis Noble, of Vicksburg, received an associate degree from Hinds Community College in Fashion Merchandising during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. At left is her mother, Rosetta Noble. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Alexis Noble, of Vicksburg, received an associate degree from Hinds Community College in Fashion Merchandising during graduation ceremonies at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. At left is her mother, Rosetta Noble. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“I’ve always had an eye for it,” Noble said, soaking up the afternoon sun after graduation ceremonies May 13 with family members and others. “I have an opportunity in New York City and I’m taking it.”

Jennifer Ray earned a degree in Child Development and will be testing the job market soon.

“I’ll be job-hunting,” Ray said shortly after a photo with her brothers, Kenneth and Alex, and others.

Samantha Ables and Skylar Blades received associate degrees in Radiology and both plan to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center to pursue medical careers – Ables in Nuclear Medicine, Blades in Sonography and Phlebotemy. Kirsten Dickard and Kristen Dunaway were another pair of medical field graduates on Friday, both having earned associate degrees in Physical Therapy.

Samantha Ables (left) and Skylar Blades, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in radiology during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Samantha Ables (left) and Skylar Blades, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in radiology during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Kristen Dunaway and Kirsten Dickard, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in Physical Therapy during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kristen Dunaway and Kirsten Dickard, both of Vicksburg, graduated with degrees in Physical Therapy during ceremonies at the Clyde Muse center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Samuel Porter, 51, knew how to cut meat, but was out of a job and the future looked uncertain.

“I got into Meat Merchandising because I like doing it,” said Porter, of Bolton, moments before Friday’s ceremony.

Samuel Porter, of Bolton, graduated with a degree in Meat Merchandising from Hinds Community College at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13. (April Garon/ Hinds Community College)

Samuel Porter, of Bolton, graduated with a degree in Meat Merchandising from Hinds Community College at the Clyde Muse Center on Friday, May 13, 2016. (April Garon/ Hinds Community College)

Porter earned technical and career certificates in the Meat Merchandising program, which trains students for entry-level employment in various phases of meat processing, merchandising, catering and value-added products.

“Now, I can cut 500 pounds of sausage in a day,” Porter said.

This semester’s graduates received more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates received more than one credential.

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 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.

 

 

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