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CCC celebrates second largest graduating class during 2016 commencement
CLARKSDALE – A life with cerebral palsy has not limited Stephanie Chislom of Rosedale, MS who just earned her associate’s degree in Psychology from Coahoma Community College with a cumulative grade point average of 3.84.

CCC celebrates second largest graduating class during 2016 commencement

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Mon May 16, 2016

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CLARKSDALE – A life with cerebral palsy has not limited Stephanie Chislom of Rosedale, MS who just earned her associate’s degree in Psychology from Coahoma Community College with a cumulative grade point average of 3.84.

Hailing from Cleveland, MS, Anfernee Morgan graduated from high school uncertain of the path his educational career would take. Now he’s preparing to continue his education at the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

As the fourth of seven siblings, Kezia Walker of Clarksdale is now the third to take advantage of the affordable and high-quality education available in her own back yard at CCC with plans to continue her education at the University of Mississippi in the fall.

During his address, graduation speaker Dr. Bryant Marks highlighted these success stories among the 495 graduates who were conferred degrees during CCC’s 2016 Commencement Saturday.

About 5,000 friends and family packed CCC’s Pinnacle Saturday morning to cheer and applaud the graduates, who made up the second largest graduating class in CCC’s history.

Welcoming those in attendance was the 2016 Salutatorian Sandy Tomlinson of Lyon, MS, who also used the opportunity to encourage her fellow graduates.

“It’s been a long journey,” said Tomlinson. “But I want to encourage my fellow classmates to continue their education—don’t stop here.”

Class Valedictorian Gabrielle Scott of Gunnison MS introduced Marks, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College and serves as the Senior Advisor of the US Dept. of Education's White House Initiative on HBCUs as well as the Director of the Morehouse Male Initiative. 

Marks key points included the importance of discipline, focus and determination.

He admonished the graduates to avoid “weapons of mass distractions” such as phones, television and other gadgets.

“Being focused is very difficult because there are so many things to distract you,” said Marks. “ “However, you can tell someone’s priority by the was they spend their time and money.”

Marks then encouraged the graduates to not simply chase a paycheck, but rather spend time cultivating their passion.

“When you are good at what you do, when you are excellent, people notice,” he said. “Excellence is what will bring you opportunities.”

Also featured during the ceremony were 26 “Golden Graduates”, commemorating 50 years since their own graduation as the 14th graduating class of the then Coahoma Junior College.

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the ceremony on CCC’s Facebook page!