Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – While change is inevitable, progress is optional.
That was the message delivered to the largest-ever graduating class at Coahoma Community College on Saturday.
“Either we change for change or we are consumed by change,” said Rust College President David Beckley, the longest serving tenured senior college President in Mississippi, during his address for CCC’s 63rd commencement ceremony.
“You’ve already accepted a change in your life so that you could be here today celebrating. …You’re graduating today and headed into the world to make a difference.”
More than 4,000 friends and family packed CCC’s Pinnacle Saturday morning to cheer and applaud the record class of more than 450 graduates.
Welcoming those in attendance was CCC 2015 Salutatorian La’Keedra Allison of Tutwiler, MS, who also used the opportunity to remind her classmates that graduation is both an end and a beginning.
“Time has already begun; don’t stop here you all,” said Allison. “Continue to explore, go beyond what is expected of you and do the unexpected.”
Class Valedictorian Mikyra Cherry of Cleveland, MS echoed a similar message before introducing Beckley as the commencement speaker.
“As I look out on my peers, I am reminded of quote instilled in me by one of my favorite instructors here at Coahoma Community College ‘In order to succeed, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.’”
Also honored during the ceremony were 17 “Golden Graduates”, commemorating 50 years since their own graduation from CCC in 1965.
In addition to featuring the largest class, this was also the first year graduating veterans and active duty service members were honored the ceremony, with 10 service men and women receiving special patriotic medallions.
Referring to the graduates as the new generation of leaders, Beckley reminded the Class of 2015 of their responsibility to use their knowledge and skills for the betterment of the world.
“Today’s world is a better place … all of us have benefitted from these changes. We are passing the torch of leadership to a new generation. What will the world be like under you leadership?” he said. “I pray that each of you will remember this day, and why you feel so good celebrating what you’ve done here for the remainder of your life, and that feeling will propel you to do more for yourself, your family, your community and throughout.”
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