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Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies
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Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies

PEARL – Returning to school is a time of self-discovery, new careers and making new friends.

All those are now true for Sherrie Smith and Natasha Jackson, classmates this past year in the Health Information Technology program at Hinds Community College. Each graduated from the college Friday, May 28 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in the field.

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

“It was just the three of us in the class, so we’re friends now,” said Jackson, 27, of Jackson.

Smith, 49, originally from Greenwood and a mother of two adult children, chose Hinds for the convenience of staying in-state and the program’s solid reputation.

“It was really the only doable option I had to earn my degree,” Smith said. “I had a really good experience here.”

The college conferred 532 credentials to 464 students in two ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health graduates received their degrees at 10 a.m. Academic and career-tech graduates received theirs at 2 p.m.

Among them were Charlotte and Charlene Johnson, twin sisters in life and in school. The sisters, of Clinton, graduated from the Practical Nursing program after already having earned degrees at Jackson State University.

“We’ve done everything together,” Charlotte said. “We’ve always been close.”

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Both chose healthcare as a career to be able to continue teaching as well as learning.

“We love helping people,” Charlene said. “We’ve coordinated different programs, we both teach dancing. And we loved Hinds. It was challenging, awesome and we had the best teachers ever.”

Angela Griffin, retired assistant dean for Career and Technical Education at the college, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies.

Griffin told graduates to discover their passion, then follow it no matter what challenges life presents.

“You can Google for a mate or for a career,” Griffin said. “But you can’t Google to find what’s in your heart, the passion that makes you happy.

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“You won’t find your passion in money or things. You will find your passion in things that fill you from the inside. It will be grounded in people and in your relationship with people.”

Griffin retired from Hinds in 2017 after 34 years, a tenure that began as a Business Technology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Griffin went on to chair the Business Technology Department before becoming assistant dean for career-tech.

Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies

 

Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, Caleb Anthony, Madisyn Anthony, her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, son Caleb Anthony, daughter Madisyn Anthony, son Lane Seymour, and her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

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Building graduates: The Importance of a degree at Hinds CC Utica Campus
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Building graduates: The Importance of a degree at Hinds CC Utica Campus

Hinds Community College-Utica Campus celebrated the academic success of 104 students earning associates degrees, technical certificates and career certificates. Graduates gathered early for pictures, stories of achievement and for the traditional grand processional from the administrative building to the gym.

Mississippi Valley State's President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. gives an inspiring speech to the graduates on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica where he served as keynote speaker.

Mississippi Valley State’s President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. gives an inspiring speech to the graduates on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica where he served as keynote speaker.

The weather was hot, but it was no bother to the students who had anticipated this day and were excited that their day had finally come.

Guest speaker for the event was Mississippi Valley State University President, Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. Bynum charged participants to be mirrors of Marian Williamson’s quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not out Darkness, that most frightens us.” He also expressed to students that getting a college degree is similar to accepting their call to Christ God Almighty and that their true test begins now.

Graduates included one summa cum laude, five magna cum laude and 26 cum laude honorees. The class combined traditional with non-traditional students, athletics and brainiacs, all striving for the same thing, success! Students pursuing degrees received a necessary framework that many students need to be successful in life.

Amier Gardner of Demopolis, Ala., graduated on May 14 with an Associate in Arts degree. Gardner plans to attend Alcorn State University majoring in engineering.

Amier Gardner of Demopolis, Ala., graduated on May 14 with an Associate in Arts degree. Gardner plans to attend Alcorn State University majoring in engineering.

The theme of the graduation was that of inspiration. A college degree to some receives the stigma of being overrated and too much work. The lure of quick money and fast living takes precedence. This ceremony was designed to show other students that success is obtainable and that the hard work does pay off. A college degree in today’s time will help almost anyone achieve his or her goals. Students are learning that it is never too late to get the degree needed.

“A small minority of people have been able to be successful without a college degree. The majority of us out here are going to need that education and that degree to try to do some of the things that we would like to do in life. Therefore, it is important to have that degree. I have always been congratulatory of people who make it without it, but that is not the norm, by no means.” said Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson introduces the keynote speaker at the May 14 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson introduces the keynote speaker at the May 14 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College-Utica.

One such student who can appreciate Dr. Jackson’s views is Joseph Christmas of Crystal Springs. Christmas is a non-traditional student who wanted to restart his life with an Early Childhood Education degree. He hopes to attend Jackson State University and plans to one day teach small children. Christmas decided on Hinds because of the family atmosphere and great teachers.

Non-traditional student graduate Joseph Christmas received a degree in Early Childhood Education on May 14 and plans to continue his education at Jackson State University. He hopes to one day become a teacher.

Non-traditional student graduate Joseph Christmas received a degree in Early Childhood Education on May 14 and plans to continue his education at Jackson State University. He hopes to one day become a teacher.

Honor student and graduate Caitlin Richmond graduated May 14 with an Associate in Arts from Hinds Community College. She plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. She hope to become a medical researcher.

Honor student and graduate Caitlin Richmond graduated May 14 with an Associate in Arts from Hinds Community College. She plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. She hope to become a medical researcher.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke to graduates May 14 about the important roles they play at Hinds Community College.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke to graduates May 14 about the important roles they play at Hinds Community College.

Another honored graduate was Caitlin Richmond of Greenville. Richmond celebrated a number of accomplishments, graduating magna cum laude, receiving an honor cord for Phi Theta Kappa and receiving an associate in arts degree. Richmond plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. Her plans are to become a medical researcher.

Most of the graduates already had their next steps in mind. Some would return to Hinds for additional degrees, others would join the workforce, and many would go on to universities.

”Education is the most important thing we have in our society today. You are here today because you believe that education could make a difference in your life. We are so pleased that you are here,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

Hinds CC Utica graduates inspired by MVSU president.

 

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.

 

Sunnye McDonald of Crystal Spring, center, graduated from Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14 with an Early Childhood Education degree. With her are from left, Steven McDonald, Rita McDonald and T.J. Keys, right, all of Crystal Springs.

Sunnye McDonald of Crystal Spring, center, graduated from Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14 with an Early Childhood Education degree. With her are from left, Steven McDonald, Rita McDonald and T.J. Keys, right, all of Crystal Springs.

Graduate Xavier Smith of Edwards strike a pose with Janelle Moody of Edwards after receiving his Associate in Arts degree May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Graduate Xavier Smith of Edwards strike a pose with Janelle Moody of Edwards after receiving his Associate in Arts degree May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Graduate Justin Hall of Indianola, center, receives his degree in residential services on May 14. Shown here with his family from left, Chandra Hall, Jason Hall and, Danielle Hall, right, also from Indianola.

Graduate Justin Hall of Indianola, center, receives his degree in residential services on May 14. Shown here with his family from left, Chandra Hall, Jason Hall and, Danielle Hall, right, also from Indianola.

Graduate Nicholas McKinney of Greenville, center, received an Associate in Arts degree May 14 from Hinds Community College-Utica. With him are from left, Lucille Shavers, Markevia Shavers, both of Greenville, and Alexis Hayes of Yazoo City, right.

Graduate Nicholas McKinney of Greenville, center, received an Associate in Arts degree May 14 from Hinds Community College-Utica. With him are from left, Lucille Shavers, Markevia Shavers, both of Greenville, and Alexis Hayes of Yazoo City, right.

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, center, poses with Spring 2017 graduation speakers left, Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse at Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14.

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, center, poses with Spring 2017 graduation speakers left, Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse at Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson with her executive council and keynote speaker at the 2017 Spring Graduation at Hinds Community College-Utica. From left are Dr. Mitchell Shears, Kenisha Shelton, Dr. Timothy Rush Sr., Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., Dr. Marquise Loving and Larry Edwards.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson with her executive council and keynote speaker at the 2017 Spring Graduation at Hinds Community College-Utica. From left are Dr. Mitchell Shears, Kenisha Shelton, Dr. Timothy Rush Sr., Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., Dr. Marquise Loving and Larry Edwards.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson spends Graduation Day/Mother's Day with mother Mary Mays on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson spends Graduation Day/Mother’s Day with mother Mary Mays on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

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Hinds CC graduates map out plans for the future
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15 May

Hinds CC graduates map out plans for the future

Kenneth Varnell of Brandon owns his own masonry business but at age 41 he doesn’t think he’ll be up to physical labor forever.

Tre’Darrius Warren of Vicksburg, foreground, and Kenneth Varnell of Brandon, back, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Tre’Darrius Warren of Vicksburg, foreground, and Kenneth Varnell of Brandon, back, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

That’s why he decided to enroll at Hinds Community College. At the academic and career-technical credential graduation on May 12 he received an Associate of Arts degree, which paves the way for further academic study.

“I decided to get an education because I thought I’d need it later. My brain is still sharp. I don’t feel like I can lay bricks forever,” he said. “I might want to teach later.”

He was among nearly 1,200 Hinds graduates over the course of two days who enroll in Hinds for one reason: to make the lives of themselves and their families better.

Those students received 1,534 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number almost 800 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl or a Sunday ceremony at the Utica Campus.

Among the graduates, 97 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 165 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 255 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

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The speaker for the third ceremony of the day was Hinds alumnus Dr. Tom Burnham, who served two stints as State Superintendent of Education and is currently interim director of the Mississippi Principal Corps based in Oxford.

“We are fortunate in Mississippi to have one of the finest community college systems in the country,” Burnham noted. “The strength and appeal of the community college system is the diversity of our enrollments. As you consider our graduates, some would meet the definition of traditional while others would be non-traditional. Some would be just entering the workforce, while others are adding to their skill base.”

“This is a time we as educators enjoy celebrating,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. He noted that student diplomas this year will include a gold seal commemorating the college’s 100th anniversary. Hinds opened in 1917 and is celebrating the Centennial with a host of activities throughout the calendar year.

 

 

Hinds CC graduates tout preparation for next step.

 

 

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.

 

Twins Shelby Mack, left, and Allison Mack of Crystal Springs will continue their education at the University of Southern Mississippi after their May 12 graduation from Hinds Community College.

Twins Shelby Mack, left, and Allison Mack of Crystal Springs will continue their education at the University of Southern Mississippi after their May 12 graduation from Hinds Community College.

Carley Stocks of Raymond, daughter of Hinds employees Chad and Sandra Stocks, is transferring to Mississippi State University for a degree in agriculture education after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Carley Stocks of Raymond, daughter of Hinds employees Chad and Sandra Stocks, is transferring to Mississippi State University for a degree in agriculture education after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Siblings Kaitlyn O’Keefe and Wyatt O’Keefe of Terrry graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12. Both of them plan to transfer to Delta State University. She plans to major in accounting; he plans to major in history.

Siblings Kaitlyn O’Keefe and Wyatt O’Keefe of Terrry graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12. Both of them plan to transfer to Delta State University. She plans to major in accounting; he plans to major in history.

Darya Thompson of Jackson, left, Taylor Tullos of Clinton and Abigail West of Hamilton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Darya Thompson of Jackson, left, Taylor Tullos of Clinton and Abigail West of Hamilton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Ashley Price of Terry works on a form she needs before graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Ashley Price of Terry works on a form she needs before graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, front from left, Whitney Shedd of Brandon, Hannah Terry of Morton, Jeffrey Taylor of Vicksburg; back, Benjamin Smith of Clinton, Timothy Smith of Hazlehurst, Quinesha Smith of Byram, Zavien Sutton of Magee, Damante’ Shelton of Macon and Zachary Taylor of Vicksburg.

Graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, front from left, Whitney Shedd of Brandon, Hannah Terry of Morton, Jeffrey Taylor of Vicksburg; back, Benjamin Smith of Clinton, Timothy Smith of Hazlehurst, Quinesha Smith of Byram, Zavien Sutton of Magee, Damante’ Shelton of Macon and Zachary Taylor of Vicksburg.

 

 

 

 

Graduation speaker Dr. Tom Burnham, right, gave Hinds Community College graduates a series of “life hacks” to make their lives easier as they leave Hinds and move on. He is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Graduation speaker Dr. Tom Burnham, right, gave Hinds Community College graduates a series of “life hacks” to make their lives easier as they leave Hinds and move on. He is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

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Kenneth Varnell of Brandon graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

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Hinds CC academic, technical grads thrived upon return to school
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15 May

Hinds CC academic, technical grads thrived upon return to school

PEARL – Barbara Evans and Lattie Erving didn’t know each other before Friday, but already had a lifetime of work experience under their respective belts when they decided to pursue college degrees.

Barbara Evans, left, and Lattie Erving, share a moment before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Evans, of Vicksburg, and Erving, of Jackson, both returned to school to earn college degrees after having been retired for years. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Barbara Evans, left, and Lattie Erving, share a moment before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Evans, of Vicksburg, and Erving, of Jackson, both returned to school to earn college degrees after having been retired for years. Evans graduated summa cum laude. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’d always wanted to go to culinary school, so I said why not?” said Evans, 64, of Vicksburg, dressed in her cap and gown accented with marks of honors. The self-described retired cook now has a credential to go with her years spent in the kitchen.

Erving, 62, Jackson, had retired years ago from factory work but always yearned for a chance to earn a college degree – something that seemed out of reach when she was growing up.

“I didn’t have an opportunity to go to college years ago,” Erving said. “I want to study social work with my degree.”

Both were among those who graduated from Hinds Community College over two days of ceremonies Friday and Sunday.

Students received 1,534 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number, almost 800 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl or a Sunday ceremony at the Utica Campus.

April Galjour, of Jackson, prepares to line up to enter the stage before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Galjour earned a Technical Certificate and graduated cum laude. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

April Galjour, of Jackson, prepares to line up to enter the stage before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Galjour earned a Technical Certificate and graduated cum laude. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Also earning a long-awaited degree was April Galjour, 55, of Jackson, who returned to school to pursue new skills in a changing economy.

“I was laid off the nonprofit I was working for, and I didn’t know anything about computers,” Galjour said. “Even small jobs nowadays, you have to keep up with that. I’m just delighted I was able to come back at my age.”

Speaking at the 11 a.m. ceremony was state Sen. Briggs Hopson III, of Vicksburg.

“You’re receiving a piece of paper that is your license to a successful career,” Hopson told graduates. “It will make you competitive in the marketplace. You’re ready to go out right now and begin your careers.

“I have many friends who’ve gotten their associate’s degree and gone on to do incredibly well in their professions. They make good livings, are able to care for their families, built careers and established a nest egg.”

Of all graduates, 97 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 165 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 255 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

“This is a time we as educators enjoy celebrating,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. He noted that student diplomas this year will include a gold seal commemorating the college’s 100th anniversary. Hinds opened in 1917 and is celebrating the Centennial with a host of activities throughout the calendar year.

Students return to school, thrive, graduate from Hinds CC

 

Photo 11 – Elizabeth Coleman smiles as Laura Stevens adjusts her cap before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Coleman, of Madison, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Data Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Elizabeth Coleman smiles as Laura Stevens of Hinds Community College adjusts her cap before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Coleman, of Madison, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Data Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Photo 12 – Felix Davis, left, of Jackson, shares a moment with Dr. Robin Parker graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Davis earned technical and career certificates this past semester after earning his High School Equivalency through the MI BEST program at Hinds. Parker is assistant dean for Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Felix Davis, left, of Jackson, shares a moment with Dr. Robin Parker before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Davis earned technical and career certificates this past semester after earning his High School Equivalency through the MI BEST program at Hinds. Parker is assistant dean for Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bailey Ainsworth, of Brandon, poses with the Associate of Arts degree in Radiologic Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bailey Ainsworth, of Brandon, poses with the Associate of Arts degree in Radiologic Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Semaj Brown, of Clinton, holds the Associate of Arts degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Erica Brown, her mother, left, and James Brown, her father. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Semaj Brown, of Clinton, holds the Associate of Arts degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Erica Brown, her mother, left, and James Brown, her father. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennedy Garner, of Brandon, holds the Associate of Arts degree presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Kyle Garner, left, a brother, Scott Garner, her father, Rhonda Garner, her mother, and Kreg Garner, a brother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kennedy Garner, of Brandon, holds the Associate of Arts degree presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Kyle Garner, left, a brother, Scott Garner, her father, Rhonda Garner, her mother, and Kreg Garner, a brother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Wayne Dang, of Pearl, holds the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Technology presented to him during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With him is Brianne Blair, left, his fiancé, and Jacqueline Blair, Brianne’s mother.

Wayne Dang, of Pearl, holds the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Technology presented to him during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With him is Brianne Blair, left, his fiancé, and Jacqueline Blair, Brianne’s mother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

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Grandmother of four among academic, technical grads at Hinds CC
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Grandmother of four among academic, technical grads at Hinds CC

PEARL – Vicki Colbert had already lived a full life taking care of people when she decided to pursue a second career.

“I’m still the same lady from that little old town of Raymond,” Colbert said. “But, this is surely like a second life for me.”

Vicki Colbert

Vicki Colbert

The 57-year-old grandmother of four was among more than 1,200 graduates from ceremonies held by Hinds Community College over two days. She graduated Friday, May 12 with others who completed academic and technical programs at the college.

Students received 1,534 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number, almost 800 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl or a Sunday ceremony at the Utica Campus.

Among them was Colbert, who retired not long ago after 33 years in the medical field, mainly at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A love of old-fashioned country cooking and staying busy, she enrolled in the Culinary Arts program and excelled.

“I’m happy about finishing school after nearly 40 years,” Colbert said. “It was about letting myself know that it’s never too late to complete something.”

Vicki Colbert, left, shares a laugh with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse after an awards ceremony April 28, 2017 honoring outstanding students and faculty from programs offered at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Vicki Colbert, left, shares a laugh with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse after an awards ceremony April 28, 2017 honoring outstanding students and faculty from programs offered at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In April, she led a team of culinary students from several schools whose fried fish and hush puppies won second place in competition at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. She and team members picked up third place honors at the state competition.

“She spearheads so many projects here,” said Austin Lee, district director of the Culinary Arts program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. “She headed up the DECA fundraising to make it to California, where her team raised over $1,000 to help with their expenses by selling chicken on a stick and Kool-Aid for $6.”

Next on her heady list of plans is to open an eatery in Raymond that’ll feature all the staples of down-home country fare.

“I love country cooking, with roast beef and gravy with veggies,” she said. “And I’ll do farm-to-table with it. It’ll be good for people coming from church on Sundays.”

Speaking at the 11 a.m. ceremony was state Sen. Briggs Hopson III, of Vicksburg.

“You’re receiving a piece of paper that is your license to a successful career,” Hopson told graduates. “It will make you competitive in the marketplace. You’re ready to go out right now and begin your careers.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with state Sen. Briggs Hopson III (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with state Sen. Briggs Hopson III (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I have many friends who’ve gotten their associate’s degree and gone on to do incredibly well in their professions. They make good livings, are able to care for their families, built careers and established a nest egg.”

Of all graduates, 97 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 165 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 255 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

“This is a time we as educators enjoy celebrating,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. He noted that student diplomas this year will include a gold seal commemorating the college’s 100th anniversary. Hinds opened in 1917 and is celebrating the Centennial with a host of activities throughout the calendar year.

Grandmother of four among academic, technical grads at Hinds CC

 

Vicki Colbert, left, and Chef Sally Porter of the Culinary Arts program at Hinds show awards Colbert won this past semester. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Vicki Colbert, left, and Chef Sally Porter of the Culinary Arts program at Hinds show awards Colbert won this past semester during a program April 28, 2017 at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates celebrate with family, friends
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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates celebrate with family, friends

Angel Flagg of Vicksburg wound up with her own fan club at the 8 a.m. Friday Hinds Community College nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

Angel Flagg of Vicksburg is joined by her team of family members and friends at Hinds Community College's nursing and allied health graduation ceremony on May 12.

Angel Flagg of Vicksburg is joined by her team of family members and friends at Hinds Community College’s nursing and allied health graduation ceremony on May 12.

About 25 family and close friends, including her pastor, showed up wearing matching tee-shirts to show their support for Flagg, who received her two-year degree from Hinds in radiology.  Needless to say, she was beaming afterward when she saw the group gathered on her behalf.

“It feels great. I’m glad to be done,” she said. The group gathered with her were her “support team and motivation.”

Hinds Community College graduated nearly 1,200 students over the course of two days of ceremonies, beginning with the nursing and allied health graduation at 8 a.m. on May 12.

“This is a time we as educators enjoy celebrating,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. He noted that student diplomas this year will include a gold seal commemorating the college’s 100th anniversary. Hinds opened in 1917 and is celebrating the Centennial with a host of activities throughout the calendar year.

Among the graduates, 97 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 165 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 255 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

William Hood of Pearl, left, and Sandra Wren of Raymond received their degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant on May 12 at Hinds Community College's nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

William Hood of Pearl, left, and Sandra Wren of Raymond received their degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant on May 12 at Hinds Community College’s nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

Sandra Wren of Raymond joked that she and Warren Hood of Pearl were the “grandma and grandpa” of the Physical Therapist Assistant class. Wren is 42; Hood, 43.

Getting her degree was “just something I wanted to do for a long time. It was my original plan. I decided one day when the time was right I’d do it,” Wren said. “My husband is a PT (physical therapist) and he encouraged me. We have two small boys so we had to get the timing right.”

Hood said he was inspired when his father was doing therapy, and he went with him. “I decided to change careers in my old age,” he said.

The speaker for nursing and allied health graduates was Hinds alumnae Brenda Castleberry, director of education at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Castleberry is on the advisory committee for Hinds’ Associate Degree Nursing program. She complimented Hinds nursing and allied health students as being prepared when they perform their clinical rotations with Baptist.

“We need and value your students when they graduate. For decades, the Hinds students have done their clinical experiences at Baptist. The faculty and students come prepared for the clinical experience. They are professional, competent and confident as they enter the patient arena. I have personally worked side by side with the Hinds faculty for years with great collegial support and strong, professional relationships,” she said. “We always welcome the Hinds graduates and appreciate what they contribute.”

Hinds had three more ceremonies, including ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12. Sen. Briggs Hopson spoke to graduates at the 11 a.m. ceremony and Dr. Tom Burnham, interim director of the Mississippi Principal Corps, spoke to the graduate at the 3 p.m. ceremony. Dr. William Bynum, president of Mississippi Valley State University spoke to graduates at 2 p.m. May 14 at Hinds’ Utica Campus.

 

Hinds CC graduates nursing, allied health students.

 

 

Averey Chapman wore a special graduation cap to commemorate mom Kayla Null’s graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a radiology degree. They live in Brandon.

Averey Chapman wore a special graduation cap to commemorate mom Kayla Null’s graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a radiology degree. They live in Brandon.

Kayla Null and her family of Brandon celebrate her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12. She received a degree in radiology.

Kayla Null and her family of Brandon celebrate her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12. She received a degree in radiology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Kayla Stewart of Madison, left, and Ginger O'Dell of Brandon received Associate Degrees in Nursing on May 12 from Hinds Community College. O'Dell, 35, said she worked for a medical software company and "fell in love with the clinical side of nursing," influencing her to return to college. It's been tough. I'm married and have two little ones. But it's been completely worth it."

Kayla Stewart of Madison, left, and Ginger O’Dell of Brandon received Associate Degrees in Nursing on May 12 from Hinds Community College. O’Dell, 35, said she worked for a medical software company and “fell in love with the clinical side of nursing,” influencing her to return to college. It’s been tough. I’m married and have two little ones. But it’s been completely worth it.”

 

 

Aleasha Haver of Flowood, left, and Dawn Little of Brandon get ready for their graduation with degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Aleasha Haver of Flowood, left, and Dawn Little of Brandon get ready for their graduation with degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Rachel Summerlin of Canton received her Associate Degree in Nursing on May 12 from Hinds Community College. She received a gift from Hinds for being the 100th graduate to check in the nursing and allied health ceremony. Hinds is celebrating the Centennial, the 100th Year of Community Inspired Service.

Rachel Summerlin of Canton received her Associate Degree in Nursing on May 12 from Hinds Community College. She received a gift from Hinds for being the 100th graduate to check in the nursing and allied health ceremony. Hinds is celebrating the Centennial, the 100th Year of Community Inspired Service.

 

Gabrielle Thomas of Jackson received a degree in respiratory care from Hinds Community College on May 12. She is with dad Carl Thomas.

Gabrielle Thomas of Jackson received a degree in respiratory care from Hinds Community College on May 12. She is with dad Carl Thomas.

Kristin Weaver of Puckett received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Kristin Weaver of Puckett received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Marquieniece Butler of Jackson is joined by her son Calvin Alexander Jr. In celebrating her Health Care Assisting degree from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Marquieniece Butler of Jackson is joined by her son Calvin Alexander Jr. In celebrating her Health Care Assisting degree from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Ally Peterson of Richland celebrated receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12 with family including her grandfather Jerry Rogers.

Ally Peterson of Richland celebrated receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12 with family including her grandfather Jerry Rogers.

 

Hinds Community College graduation speaker Brenda Castleberry and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse speak before the 8 a.m. nursing and allied health ceremony on May 12. In the background is Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of nursing and allied health.

Hinds Community College graduation speaker Brenda Castleberry and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse speak before the 8 a.m. nursing and allied health ceremony on May 12. In the background is Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of nursing and allied health.

Hinds Community College employee Jackie Jackson helps retiree Janet Wasson of Raymond, the ceremony grand marshal, get ready for May 12 graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College.

Hinds Community College employee Jackie Jackson helps retiree Janet Wasson of Raymond, the ceremony grand marshal, get ready for May 12 graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College.

Nasus Nowell of Vicksburg, left, and Allison Hux of Magee received degrees in radiology from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Nasus Nowell of Vicksburg, left, and Allison Hux of Magee received degrees in radiology from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Katherine Randolph of Vicksburg and Marshieon Leon of Terry received degrees in Health Care Assisting from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Katherine Randolph of Vicksburg and Marshieon Leon of Terry received degrees in Health Care Assisting from Hinds Community College on May 12.

D'Jimetria Dixon of Georgetown, left, Chrissy Clark and Candance Bunton of Bolton celebrate the Medical Assisting Technology graduation on May 12 at Hinds Community College.

D’Jimetria Dixon of Georgetown, left, Chrissy Clark and Candance Bunton of Bolton celebrate the Medical Assisting Technology graduation on May 12 at Hinds Community College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

Hinds CC to graduate more than 1,000 on May 12, May 14.
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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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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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