East Mississippi Community College held spring 2017 graduation ceremonies May 5-6 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included about 600 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
During the graduation ceremonies, EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner spoke about University of Pennsylvania researcher Angela Duckworth, whose works include a New York Times bestselling book titled “GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.”
Huebner asked the students if they had overcome setbacks and challenges, worked hard to achieve a long-term goal and finished what they started.
“If you have achieved a goal that took years of hard work and you are diligent, you have what Duckworth calls perseverance and passion for long term goals,” Huebner said. “The word we know that by is called grit. You don’t stop. You embrace opportunities. You embrace challenges and you move forward. I think because you are sitting here today, you have grit. You have perseverance. You are resilient and you move forward in spite of what are sometimes great odds.”
A list of graduates, sorted by county and hometown, is included below.
Webster County graduates, by hometown, were:
- Eupora: Brett Chapman, Jerry Fountain, Makenna Gammel, Casey Patridge, Colton Ray, Daniel Waller
- Maben: Haley Britt, Thomas Christopher, Ashley Crunk, Bryson Gunn, Kylee McMinn, Quantesha Patterson, Jessie Shurlds, Courtney Stallings, Bo Thomasson, Ashley Ware
- Mantee: Andrea Deans, Dillan Silver, Michael Sullivan, Geneva White
- Mathiston: Madison Brooks, Thomas Brooks, Dalton Parnell, Heather Parnell, James Scales, Robert Scales, Hayden Steadman, Carolyn Wilkinson
- Walthall: Lawson Stewart