By Northeast Mississippi Community College
BOONEVILLE – In keeping with a recently established tradition, Northeast Mississippi Community College officials held the school’s annual graduation exercises on two nights this week.
Northeast’s 64th annual commencement featured candidates for degrees and certificates from the college’s Division of Health Sciences being recognized on Thursday, while 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 were honored Friday.
Both evening ceremonies were conducted in Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the Booneville campus in front of near-capacity crowds.
According to the school’s Records Office, 383 students earned degrees from Northeast in May 2011. This year, 533 students graduated with associate’s degrees from Northeast – a 39.16 percent increase in the number of graduates.
Northeast President Dr. Johnny L. Allen said he believes the emphasis on graduation rates at the state’s 15 community/junior colleges will become more and more important as the state Legislature continues to look into tying that rate to funding for the two-year schools.
“I am especially pleased with this significant increase in our graduation rate,” Allen said.
“It represents an honest effort by students and faculty to know the graduation requirements and to achieve them.”
During the Thursday ceremony, 155 candidates for degrees and certificates participated.
Friday’s ceremony saw 254 candidates cross the stage.