ICC graduates more than 800 for spring semester

FULTON – Itawamba Community College conferred more than 600 degrees to graduates who participated in two ceremonies Saturday.
Those who participated in the Associate of Applied Sciences and Associate of Arts commencement ceremonies were among 850 graduates who received either degrees or certificates at the conclusion of the 2011 spring semester.
Alford Bell, ICC chairman of the Board of Trustees, challenged A.A.S. graduates to “give something back to their communities” during the afternoon ceremony.
“I’m proud to be a small part of this big day,” said Bell, who is a retired educator and involved with the Boys & Girls Club.
“Congratulations are in order. Be sure to say two simple words to your supporters after this ceremony – ‘thank you.’”
Bell reminded graduates that they are about to step out in the real world.
“Starting today more opportunities are available for you than ever before. It is important to note that a vast number of individuals will never see their name in a program or on a diploma.”
He also encouraged graduates to work hard and to face challenges with commitment and determination.
“In this life we find obstacles and barriers,” Bell said. “With the proper attitude, you can overcome. As long as we live, there will be challenges, and we must be prepared. Small decisions are made with the head, but big decisions are made with the heart. Your life does not have to be confined to any single goal or career. Rise to your responsibility to give something back to your community.”
Danny Spreitler of Amory, executive director of the Gilmore Foundation Inc., delivered the commencement address to recipients of Associate of Arts degrees Saturday night.
Also on Saturday, about 100 participated in the GED commencement ceremony. Don Benjamin of Pontotoc, an ABE/GED instructor and retired ICC dean of career and technical education, was the speaker.

Donna Thomas/Itawamba Community College