2019 Graduates Honored as Presidential and Dean Scholars

Forty-nine graduating sophomores received maroon medals and certificates for exceptional academic achievements at the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program.

2019 Graduates Honored as Presidential and Dean Scholars

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Mon Apr 22, 2019

Forty-nine graduating sophomores received maroon medals and certificates for exceptional academic achievements at the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program. As President Valmadge Towner presented the overachieving scholars with certificates, Academic Dean Rolanda Brown placed medals around the necks of 13 Presidential Scholars who splendidly maintained a GPA of 3.76 and above throughout their educational attainment at Coahoma, while Dean of Career and Technical Education Anne Shelton-Clark bestowed medals around the necks of 36 Dean Scholars who outstandingly maintained a 3.5-3.75 GPA.

“As we approach the graduation season, we pause to recognize and honor those graduating sophomore students that have excelled academically,” said Academic Counselor Yolanda Morton.

State Rep. Orlando Paden offered the honorees advice for continuing the cycle of accomplishments, inspiring them with his personal story of how he faced obstacles as a student at Coahoma Community College. His grandmother was battling cancer and his parents were coming to the end of their marriage when he began his first semester at Coahoma. Paden still managed to graduate with honors from Coahoma, furthering his education at a university as a political science/pre-law major. 

“All those things were going on and I still had to maintain my sanity here on this campus,” said Paden. “What I found was that Coahoma was a home away from home.” 

The magna cum laude graduate of Alcorn State University and Clarksdale native asked the scholars to consider how they are going to be able to give back to CCC as well as the careers they’re seeking to pursue. He interacted with the scholars to find out their career goals.

Paden encouraged the students to “see it through” when they’re challenged with difficulties in life. 

“Find your mentor in the process of what you’re trying to become because someone has already traveled that road,” he urged. “If you’re going to fulfill your divine purpose, you’ve got to answer when you’re called, so don’t be afraid to face the world against all odds…We are here to support your endeavors and that’s what Coahoma has been standing on the last 70 years.”