Coahoma Sends Well Wishes to Graduates with virtual 68th Commencement

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Coahoma Sends Well Wishes to Graduates with virtual 68th Commencement

Despite students being forced to pack up their dorm room belongings and move their coursework online, the class of 2020 managed to reach their educational achievements by adapting and hurdling over obstacles. The class takes a monumental leap into more significant endeavors.

Coahoma Sends Well Wishes to Graduates with virtual 68th Commencement

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

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Sat May 30, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic overshadowed the institution’s plans to finish out the spring semester in person. Despite students being forced to pack up their dorm room belongings and move their coursework online, the class of 2020 managed to reach their educational achievements by adapting and hurdling over their obstacles. The class takes a monumental leap into more significant endeavors.

CCC President Dr. Valmadge T. Towner honored the graduates for fighting through the challenges of the coronavirus crisis with the continuation of hard work.

“We did not call for this healthcare crisis, but it’s important how we react to it,” said Towner.

“Graduates, in your quest to become a graduate, I’m sure that many things have happened to you that were beyond your control. Yet, you have reacted and responded well. I want to salute you for persevering, particularly this spring semester.”

He advised them to allow the pandemic to serve as a lifelong lesson that teaches them to react appropriately to problems.

State Rep. Orlando Paden, an alumnus of the College, served as the keynote speaker. Paden lauded the class for their achievements, encouraging them to offer their gifts to the world.

“Your resilience and dedication to your academic endeavors have truly paid off. Truly, determination yields great rewards,” said Paden. “Today, we celebrate your milestone with family, friends, and the world.”

Paden is a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He serves District 26, Coahoma and Bolivar counties.

“Presently, we are involved in an evolving situation, the COVID-19 pandemic. You, the class of 2020, have responded amazingly by completing your coursework online and earning your degree to ensure your promising future. We’re counting on you to be the change agent, the catalyst of diversity, the economic and social reformer,” Paden continued.

He assured the class that they would overcome the difficulties and disappointments to come.

After the conferral of degrees and certificates and the presentation of candidates, the golden class of 1970 was recognized in honor of 50 years since their graduation from the institution. Board of Trustee president Rena Butler concluded the annually held ritual with remarks to the graduates.

“We are honored that you chose Coahoma Community College to begin your college career. As one experience comes to an end, another begins,” said Butler. “Graduates, remember that good planning and hard work leads to prosperity.”