EMCC graduates about 600 students, 14 local

From press reports

East Mississippi Community College held spring 2017 graduation ceremonies May 5-6 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included about 600 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.

During the graduation ceremonies, EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner spoke about University of Pennsylvania researcher Angela Duckworth, whose works include a New York Times bestselling book titled “GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.”

Huebner asked the students if they had overcome setbacks and challenges, worked hard to achieve a long-term goal and finished what they started.

“If you have achieved a goal that took years of hard work and you are diligent, you have what Duckworth calls perseverance and passion for long-term goals,” Huebner said. “The word we know that by is called grit. You don’t stop. You embrace opportunities. You embrace challenges and you move forward. I think because you are sitting here today, you have grit. You have perseverance. You are resilient and you move forward in spite of what are sometimes great odds.”

A list of local graduates is included below.

Choctaw County

Ackerman: Khadijah Ashford, Kaytlyn Baxter, Karry Bray, Cody Dempsey, Betty Jo Fox, Clayton Grissom, Emma James, Carmen Jensen, Jessica Kirkwood, Katelynn Lemire, Amber Simpson, Samantha Stevenson. Mathiston: Dennisia Batts. Weir: Jaden King.

McCool: Shawnette Gibbs, Jonathan McGee, Kodi Yocham.