Kimberly Arnold of Jackson finished her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College at age 40.
With the support of her family, she was able to achieve her long-held dream. She finished college the first time in 1998. “Coming back to school was a challenge for me but I made it,” she said.
She was among more than 800 students who graduated in one of three ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Muse Center on Hinds’ Rankin Campus.
Hinds conferred more than 1,300 credentials, including one-year career certificates or two-year technical certificates for career-technical programs or associate degrees. Some students are receiving more than one credential.
Graduating summa cum laude, with 4.0 grade point averages, are 156 students. Ninety-two graduate magna cum laude with GPAs of 3.6 to 3.99, and 135 graduate cum laude with GPAs of 3.2 to 3.59.
“We as educators look forward to the day in which we can celebrate the achievements of our students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.
Bobbie Anderson, dean emeritus of Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center, was the speaker for the nursing and allied health ceremony.
She told graduates to concentrate on the four Cs — competency, commitment, caring and communication. She cautioned them not to get too wrapped up in the modern medical technology and forget that they are caring for people. “Don’t forget to hold their hand and share a tear if you need to,” Anderson said.
As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.
Cathy Hayden is a 30-year career journalist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Mississippi and a master of theological studies from Spring Hill College in Mobile. Hayden, who covered education at The Clarion-Ledger for 17 years, came to Hinds Community College in January 2007.