Northeast has commencement exercises

Northeast Mississippi Community College students Jennifer Thornton, from left, Heather Williams, Cara Miller, Shae Johnson and Shawn Easley pause for one last memory before entering Bonner Arnold Coliseum for the college's 66th commencement ceremonies on Thursday. (Northeast Mississippi Community College)

Northeast Mississippi Community College students Jennifer Thornton, from left, Heather Williams, Cara Miller, Shae Johnson and Shawn Easley pause for one last memory before entering Bonner Arnold Coliseum for the college’s 66th commencement ceremonies on Thursday. (Northeast Mississippi Community College)

Northeast student Shae Johnson gives a thumbs-up. (Northeast Mississippi Community College)

Northeast student Shae Johnson gives a thumbs-up. (Northeast Mississippi Community College)

Northeast Mississippi Community College

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College presented the first of its two-night commencement exercises Thursday in the Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the Booneville campus.

In front of a near-capacity crowd, Northeast honored candidates for degrees and certificates from the college’s Division of Health Sciences to kick off the college’s 66th annual commencement.

Northeast will continue its graduation exercises today when the college honors 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.

As with Thursday’s graduation, today’s ceremony will start at 7 p.m.

Kathryn E. Webb of Greenwood, the 2014 Most Outstanding Student for the college’s division of health sciences, delivered the student response at Thursday night’s ceremony.

During Webb’s remarks, the graduating sophomore challenged her fellow students to seek out new opportunities in life and asked them to remember the sacrifices they made while receiving their degrees.

Webb also gave an overview of the two-year education process and her memories as a student at Northeast.

Northeast 2013-14 Student Government Association President Katelin Wallace of Tishomingo will deliver the student response tonight.