CCC Commencement cheered by 5,000

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CLARKSDALE – A cheering, high-spirited crowd of 5,000 including three college presidents celebrated 335 Coahoma Community College graduates receiving their diplomas in the Pinnacle Saturday.

Included among the applauding dignitaries, trustees, officials, educators and families were Dr. Vivian Presley, current CCC president who is retiring June 30 following 38 years at Coahoma; Dr. McKinley Martin, who preceded Dr. Presley; and Dr.Valmadge Towner, who is succeeding her July 1.

Leading the procession of graduates into the Pinnacle and participating in the program were valedictorian Shaana Dishman of Clarksdale, and salutatorian Jacob Elliott of Cleveland.

In her commencement address, Dr. Nerma Moore, an alumnus of CCC, educator and singer/songwriter, outlined principles of success, and charged grads to take advantage of their opportunities.

“Success is when you like what you do,” she said.

She urged them to create a clear vision of what “you need to be successful,” and “to take action.”

“Focus on one thing at a time“ she said. “Yesterday you said ‘tomorrow’ and the best time to get started is today.”

According to Dr. Presley, all graduates will be receiving Dr. Moore’s recently released album, “Moving Forward.”

Diplomas were presented by Dr. Rosetta Howard, vice president of academic affairs; Anne Shelton-Clark, vice president of career and technical education, and Dr. Martha Catlette, vice president of health sciences.

Dr. Presley presented Golden Diplomas to members of the CCC Class of 1963 being honored on their 50th anniversary.


Three college presidents including (from left) Dr. Vivian Presley, current college president; Dr. Valmadge Towner of Marks, who is succeeding her July 1; and Dr. McKinley Martin, who preceded her, celebrate Coahoma Community College’s commencement Saturday.


Leading the procession of graduates into the Pinnacle are valedictorian Shaana Dishman of Clarksdale and salutatorian Jacob Elliott of Cleveland.


Members of Coahoma’s Class of 1963 receive golden diplomas on their 50th anniversary.


5,000 celebrate commencement in the Pinnacle as the Coahoma Community College Concert Choir is directed by Kelvin Towers



Dr. Nerma Moore delivers commencement address