Hinds Community College has two fall graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec 14 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.
Nursing and allied health graduates along with academic, technical and career graduates whose last names begin with A-G will participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony. The 2 p.m. ceremony is for graduates whose last names begin with H-Z.
Nearly 600 graduates will receive a total of 887 credentials, with some students receiving more than one credential.
In total, 126 students are graduating cum laude with a grade point average of 3.2 to 3.59; 72 are graduating magna cum laude with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.99 and 20 are graduating summa cum laude with a grade point average of 4.0.
Kimberly Gaines of Pearl will offer the invocation and benediction at the 10 a.m. ceremony. She will earn a degree in nursing and wants to practice her passion for caregiving as an LPN in an assisted living facility after graduation.
Speaking on behalf of graduates is Taviyon Young, a native of Natchez who now lives in Madison County. He studies political science and will earn his Associate Degree in General Studies. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is a former Rankin Campus Student Government President and is a member of the Minority Male Leadership Initiative. He is transferring to Jackson State University, where he plans to study political science with a concentration in legal studies.
Offering the invocation and benediction at the 2 p.m. ceremony is Eric Dotson of Kosciusko. He will receive an Associate Degree in General Studies. He plans to join the Army National Guard after graduation and then transfer to a four-year college.
The speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony is Chelse McGrew of Hazlehurst, who will receive an Associate Degree in Kinesiology. She plans to transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to get a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and become a physical therapist.