Education Notebook

LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Acclaimed educator to deliver UM commencement address
- OXFORD – Lauded as one of the nation’s most successful college presidents and a pioneer in minority education, Freeman A. Hrabowski III is set to visit the University of Mississippi on Saturday to deliver the keynote address at the university’s 158th commencement.
Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County since 1992, will speak at 9 a.m. in the Grove. This year’s graduating class includes more than 3,000 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Recipients of doctor of philosophy degrees are to be hooded by their major professors in a 7:30 p.m. ceremony on Friday in the Ford Center for Performing Arts.
ITAWAMBA COUNTY
ICC schedules commencement for Saturday
- FULTON – More than 600 students will receive associate’s degrees or certificates during commencement ceremonies at Itawamba Community College on Saturday in the Davis Event Center on the Fulton campus.
Ceremonies are scheduled for certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree recipients at 2 p.m. and Associate of Arts degree recipients at 7 p.m.
Alford Bell of Houston, chairman of ICC’s Board of Trustees and retired educator, will be the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony, and Danny Spreitler, executive director of the Gilmore Foundation, Inc., will speak at 7.
Associate degree nursing students who are graduating will participate in a pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Davis Event Center.
PRENTISS COUNTY
Northeast sets commencement ceremony for this week
- BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s 63rd annual commencement will feature two separate ceremonies again this year.
Candidates for degrees from the college’s Division of Health Sciences will be recognized on Thursday; while degree 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 on Friday. Both ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. in the 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.
Jessica Taylor of Holly Springs will speak to the candidates on Thursday night, and Student Government Association President Ben Ford of Booneville will address his classmates on Friday.
NATIONAL
National Merit names $2,500 scholarship winners
- EVANSTON, Ill. – Four Northeast Mississippi residents were among 21 Mississippians awarded National Merit $2,500 scholarships.
The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees around the country were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Northeast Mississippi residents include Mary Bryan Barksdale and Kevin Clancy of Oxford High School, Samantha Nanayakkara of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and Edward Huddleston of Pontotoc High School. Nanayakkara is a resident of Oxford.
The four students’ scholarships were funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Students chosen as National Merit Finalists competed for these awards.
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
MSU weather forecasting team captures third national award
- STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s nationally recognized meteorology program placed first in the 2010-11 Wx Challenge, a 20-week period of weather predictions.
By virtue of the achievement, the nine-member team was dubbed “the top weather forecasters in North America.” It is the third consecutive win in a forecasting competition for MSU.
Among the six MSU students participating was senior William R. Simmons of Pontotoc. Simmons also placed fourth in the undergraduate division.
More than 1,800 forecasters from some 70 colleges, universities and research institutions participated. Specifically, they were asked to forecast the maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation and maximum wind speeds for select U.S. cities during a 10-week period each semester.

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