CHRIS KIEFFER: It's graduation time for Northeast Mississippi students

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

The calendar has rolled to May, and that means it’s time for the graduations of thousands of high school, community college and senior college students throughout Northeast Mississippi.
Mississippi State held its ceremony Saturday, and the University of Mississippi has scheduled its commencement for this Saturday.
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the former Mississippi governor, will speak to the Ole Miss graduates in the Grove at 9 a.m.
The two community college graduations will be held the following weekend. Itawamba Community College’s graduation will be at 7 p.m. on May 14, while Northeast Community College will present its degrees on May 13 and 14.
Bettye Rogers Coward, president of Blue Mountain College, will be the speaker at ICC. About 600 students will receive associate’s degrees or certificates during the ceremony to be held at the Davis Events Center on the Fulton campus.
Northeast candidates for degrees from the college’s Division of Health Sciences will be recognized on May 13, and everyone else will be honored the following day. Both ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. in Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the Booneville campus.
Degrees and certificates will be awarded to about 200 candidates each night by Northeast President Johnny L. Allen, who will also speak to the graduates.
Most high school graduations will be held later in the month.
Nettleton High School and Baldwyn High School will each hold their ceremonies on May 21 at 7 p.m. on campus.
Lee County Schools’ graduations will all be held May 22 at BancorpSouth Arena. Mooreville High School will be at 1 p.m., followed by Shannon at 4 p.m. and Saltillo at 7 p.m.
Tupelo High School’s graduation is May 28 at 8 p.m. at BancorpSouth Arena.
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