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Local students graduate from Hinds Community College

Hinds Community College held three graduation ceremonies on May 13 at the Rankin Campus and a fourth ceremony on May 15 at the Utica Campus.
“Commencement is a proud occasion for the Hinds Community College family. Every graduation ceremony is special at the college as we celebrate the success of each student,” said Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik. “It’s important that we truly celebrate what you have accomplished, what you have achieved, and what you’re going to achieve. You have made it through a series of unusual circumstances to get to this point, and you are to be commended.”
Nearly 1,000 students participated in one of the four ceremonies, including students eligible to participate in previous ceremonies canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, Hinds conferred 1,761 degrees or certificates, with some students receiving more than one credential.
Out of those, 300 graduated cum laude with a grade point average of 3.2 to 3.59, 240 graduated magna cum laude with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.99, and 111 graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 4.0.
Local graduates include: Crystal Springs – Nakisha Braxton, Clifton Buster Jr., Katherine Cortez-Calderon, Ladarrious Dotson, Antonio Franklin, Britton Howell, Celia Jenkins, Tekesan Johnson, Anazjai Jones, Clifton Polk, DeJee Williams, Danquan Wilson, Hugh Lewis of Georgetown; Hazlehurst – Jakema Ayers, Joseph Bauer, Dasia Blocker, Lemar Bradley, Niya Brown, Quon’Tavia Cooley, Kentravious Davis, Natasha Dear, Akyriale Ford, Bria Haynes, Daiqwan Littles, Kameron Yates; Wesson – Olivia Allen, Nicholas Howard, and Amber Skipper.