BOONEVILLE – About 350 graduates of Northeast Mississippi Community College walked across the stage in Bonner Arnold Coliseum this week.
The school held two-day commencement exercises at Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the Booneville campus Thursday and Friday.
Health science majors were the first to reach their goals on Thursday as more than 155 graduates walked across the stage, and on Friday about 200 more students bound for the world of work and for senior colleges and universities received their diplomas.
Practical nursing education graduates were pinned in a special ceremony before joining their fellow classmates for the health science graduation. Associate degree nursing students participated in a traditional lamp lighting ceremony symbolizing the passage of knowledge from one generation to another after Thursday evening’s ceremony.
Jessica Taylor, a dental hygiene graduate from Holly Springs, challenged her fellow classmates Thursday to love stronger on the premise that the more love one gives, the more love one receives.
Ben Ford, the Student Government Association president and Booneville native, reminded his classmates to take the time to breathe and to not only celebrate the accomplishment, but to also breathe life into a new beginning and to look upon the future as an unfinished book.
Ford reminded each of them of the saying from Anna Quindlen’s poem “Get a Life!,” “It is so easy to waste our lives: our days, our hours, our minutes…It is so easy to exist instead of live.”
Michael H. Miller/Northeast Mississippi Community College