By Northeast Community College
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College held the first part of its 65th annual commencement exercises on Thursday.
Northeast will finish commencement exercises as about 250 graduates walk across the stage today at the Bonner Arnold Coliseum in Booneville.
Thursday night’s commencement exercise featured candidates for degrees and certificates from the college’s Division of Health Sciences while today’s ceremony will witness 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 walking across the stage.
In total, Northeast will graduate approximately 450 candidates at the culmination of its two-night commencement ceremonies.
Northeast President Johnny L. Allen believes the emphasis on graduation rates at the state’s 15 community/junior colleges will continue to become more and more important as the State Legislature works toward directly tying that rate to funding for the two-year schools.
“I am pleased with the number in our graduating class this year,” Allen said, “but we, along with our sister institutions, must be diligent in our efforts to see an increasing number of our students complete degree requirements each year.”
About 200 candidates for degrees and certificates participated in Thursday’s ceremony and 250 will walk across the stage today.