Meridian Community College hosts graduation, pinnings

It was a day of celebrations when Meridian Community College hosted its Fall Commencement in Meridian’s Temple Theater. 

Before the 2 o’clock afternoon ceremony, two pinning events, an Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing celebrations were held to commemorate the students’ next steps in their careers. 

During Friday’s ceremony, five graduates, Miranda Anderson of Leakesville, Samantha Howell of Stonewall, Joy Kelley of Meridian, Karlee Sullivan of Collinsville, and Destiny Redmond of Pachuta, were saluted as the newest members of the College’s Circle of Excellence. These outstanding graduates were chosen based on scholarship, leadership, spirit, and service. 

An Associate Degree Nursing Program graduate, Anderson is a licensed practical nurse, case management worker, and community liaison for the hospital where she works. She plans to continue working in nursing care in the emergency room setting in addition to case management.  

Howell, a Business and Office Management Technology and Accounting graduate, initially wanted to work in human resources. She later found a job in construction and found her career passion; Howell plans to study construction management at Mississippi State University, emphasizing human resources. 

Kelley is also an ADN graduate who plans to pursue her nursing education and later obtain a bachelor of science in nursing. 

Currently working for the City of Meridian, Redmond wants to continue her water treatment career and plans to become licensed as a water operator by the end of 2024. She is a graduate in the Accounting Technology, Business and Office Management Technology, and Medical Office Management Programs. 

Sullivan, a member of the Phil Hardin Foundation Honors College at Meridian Community College, is a University Transfer Program student majoring in criminology. She plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and later obtain a law degree, hoping to one day become a prosecutor. 

Candidates for Fall 2023 graduation include: Jakayl Alexandria Gavin of Bay Springs; Robert L. Wells of Brandon; Marie Owens of Collins; Andrew B. Breland, Jacob O. Gressett, Kari Sheilane Ogden, Joseph Thomas Stephens, and Karlee E. Sullivan, all of Collinsville; Nylah J. Akujobi, Jamie R. Matthews, and Shaquanda R. Pippin, all of Columbus; Arbanie Sykes of Crawford; Timberlee T. Drummond, Haley L. Hall, Lauren E. Hines, Shandereka Monnay Powe, Markayla Williams, and Jessica L. Harrison-McCoy, all of DeKalb 

Kase Loper and Jewelliann M. Smith, both of Decatur; Anjana Karki of Demopolis, Alabama; Parsha Nacole McInnis of Ellisville; Satcher K. Fulcher and Cameron Wheat, both of Enterprise; Shawonder Wilson of Greenwood; Jasmyne Henry and Michael Slay, both of Hattiesburg;  Amberny J. Bass of Hazelhurst; Briantionette N. Mathis of Heidelberg; Jayden B. Gunn, Kamryn E. Rodriguez, and John G. West, all of Hickory 

Aarimis C. Armstrong, Jarrica M. Carey, Linda Kaye Dent, Janell LaShay Knight, Raven S. Sanders, and Krystal Lashae Taylor, all of Jackson; Baleigh Nicole Ellis of Lake; Christopher Scott Dean, Charles Nelson Kimbrough, Ridge Alexander Walley, and Sirrah Nicole Wilcox, all of Lauderdale; Anita C. Craven, Robert S. Parker, Madison Chantel Williams, all of Laurel; Jetta W. Rawson of Lawrence; Miranda R. Anderson and Christina Lynn Dixon, both of Leakesville; Courtney LaJoyce Coleman, Breanna A. Hickman, NyLexia Aaliyah Howell, and Naila Joi Walker, all of Louisville; Landon B. Brazil of Madison; Carlisha L. Barfield and Jade M. Stockman, both of Marion; Adam D. Craft of Mendenhall 

Charvis Alexander, Breelyn Jada Bigbee, Kyla Danielle Blackwell, TaShanna Latris Bland, Scottie Blanks, Davontae Dazure Brewster, Keater Shunta Brown, Kiana Marshe' Buckley, Courtney Nicole Carney, Karlee R. Clark, Noelle Clay, Sarah M. Clay, Brittney Shivonne Cole, Ariana Simone Cook, Mary Ashley Culpepper, Savannah Rose Cunningham, Samantha Claire Denson, Joseph Sergey DiPalma, Amanda Farr, Aaron Marques Fikes, Jessica Irene Franks, Kirsten Amber Glover, John L. Goodson, Zonius Shamar Gordon, Fredarious La'michael Griffin, Magayla LeAnne Griffin, Marquis Deshawn Haralson, Shawanda M. Harris, Hayes K. Hinson, Gregory M. Horne, Jerrica Nicole Hughes, Morgan Elizabeth Inshetski, Randy Rahmahn Jack,Fantasia Ann Michelle Jennings, Latoya P. Johnson, Dentrey Jones, Vikira Sanquetta Jones, Joy Marie Kelley, Morgan Taylor Carroll, Jennifer Elizabeth Laws, Mallory C. Leake, Jaren Demetric Magee, Jhada K. Martin, Emily McCarty, Kimberly Allison McDonald, Sh'Mar Deonte McDonald, Ashley Celeste McLelland, Stacy Carol Moore, Dana Marie Naylor, Jennifer Leigh Nelson, Lucas Seth Oglesby, Robert Ellis Parrish, Sabrina Perez, Justin Phillips, Alisha S. Pratt, April Renee Queen, KeAsia Latrice Randle, Kayla Michele Rhodes, Laderrick Roberts, Jomayo D. Sanford, Landon D. Shirley, Janesha T. Smith, Rynaiah Alana Smith, Tykayreon Jewan Spencer, Noah Samuel Stephens, Diana Suarez, Jonathan Isaiah Sublette, Mark Anthony Thomas, Sanchez Alonzo Thomas, Brian D. Todd, Daniel L. Towner, LaToya A. Tubbs, Jania Tatiana Turner, Bruno Porto Valdez, Johnathan Robert Willis, Mary Grace Wansley, Tyneshia Washington, A’nya White, Anthony Jackson Weir, James J. Wiggins, Martese Williams, and Mathishia LaShia Wilson, all of Meridian; 

Marqus L. Armstrong of Moss Point; Hattie Nicole Epting and Shantel Le'Sha Moore, both of Newton; Destiny Marie Redmond of Pachuta; Felecia Shenay Hales of Paulding; Farrah Fonteilla Jones and Hannah Leann Woods, both of Pearl; Ayers B. Chickaway, Bradley Scott Collins, Memory Brooke Day, Chezzie Starr Dearing, Kambree Alasia Houston, Sadie Grace Kirkland, Austin Lee Tatum, and Cambre E. Willis, all of Philadelphia; Deneshia T. Boyd and Sha'Kanye' Darden, both of Porterville; Cameron K. Albritton of Prentiss; Khristian X. Fletcher, Angela D. Johnson, Jonathon McGrew, Kailey Mae Reynolds, Quinton C. Sanders, Kyantra V. Stidmon, and Heather Luvenia Streeter, all of Quitman 

Stephanie Lutrice Rozell of Raymond; Jahjie Etrice Bingham and Shemika Nicole Martin, both of Ridgeland; Lauren K. Lewis of Rose Hill; Reaghan Davis and Kailey B. Scarbrough, both of Stateline; Samantha Marie Howell and Deliesha LaKarren Trotter, both of Stonewall; Gregory T. Bounds of Sumrall; Briana La'Nique Robinson Scott of Terry; E'Morrie L. Boyd, Leigh Ann Coppins, Tahjae Johnigan, Corey Martin Miller, Kyra Moore, Wallace Ray O'Field and Laquandria Elizabeth Welch, all of Toomsuba; Michael D. McDonald and Temple L. Thrash, both of Union; Loren Taylor Wade of Vossburg; Alexis Lakell Everett, Amber Alexandria Hernandez, and Lauren Tyler Waites, all of Waynesboro; Semica L. Foster of Wesson; and Tara Tamekia Andrews of Yazoo City. 

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