NEMCC to Hold Annual Comment Exercises
Date(s) - 05/17/2013
BOONEVILLE, Miss.– Northeast Mississippi Community College’s sixty-fifth annual commencement features candidates for degrees and certificates from the college’s Division of Health Sciences being recognized Thursday, May 16, while degree and certificate candidates from the divisions of Mathematics and Sciences; Engineering Technology and Occupational Education; Business and Business Technology; Fine Arts; and Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences will be honored Friday, May 17.
Both ceremonies are set to begin at 7 p.m. in Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the Booneville campus in front of near capacity crowds.
According to the school’s Records Office, approximately 481 candidates will graduate from Northeast this spring.
Northeast president Dr. Johnny L. Allen believes the emphasis on graduation rates at the state’s 15 community/junior colleges will continue to become more and more important as the State Legislature works toward directly tying that rate to funding for the two-year schools.
“I am pleased with the number in our graduating class this year,” Allen said, “but we, along with our sister institutions, must be diligent in our efforts to see an increasing number of our students complete degree requirements each year.”
Northeast’s Ladies Trio will perform the National Anthem Thursday night while Ladies Ensemble will do the honors Friday night.
During the Thursday night ceremony 206 candidates for degrees and certificates will participate in the ceremony. Friday night’s ceremony will see 275 candidates cross the stage.
Several of the college’s 11 retiring faculty members will serve as grand marshals and take part in the program.
Rebecca Collis of Jackson, Tenn., 2013 Most Outstanding Student of the division of health sciences, will address her classmates Thursday night and Lucas Ferguson of Bruce, 2012-13 Student Government Association president, will deliver the student response during the Friday night ceremony.
President Allen will address the graduates both nights. Also during both ceremonies Northeast Board of Trustees chairman T. Jack Ramsey of Iuka will deliver an official welcome and remarks.
Dean of Instruction Rilla C. Jones of Corinth will present the 2013 graduating class.