CCC to host 63rd Commencement Ceremony May 9
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College will host its 63rd annual Spring Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 9.

CCC to host 63rd Commencement Ceremony May 9

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green -


Thu Apr 30, 2015


CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College will host its 63rd annual Spring Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 9.

So far, 435 students are candidates for degrees to be issued during the graduation ceremony set for 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle.

 “We’re encouraging graduates to invite their family and friends to share in this momentous occasion,” said CCC Director of Admissions Michael Houston. “Graduation is a special time to celebrate ending one chapter in life and beginning the next one, and we wish all our graduates continued success.”

Leading the graduates will be Valedictorian Mikyra D. Cherry of Cleveland, MS and Salutatorian La’Keedra Allison of Tutwiler, MS.

Cherry is a 22-year-old sociology major and earned the highest honor of valedictorian with a current cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.987. She plans to continue her education at Mississippi State University.

Allison is a 20-year-old pre-nursing major. She earned the honor of being named salutatorian of the Class of 2015 with a current cumulative GPA is 3.836. She hopes to continue her education in CCC’s Practical Nursing program.

The speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Rust College President David L. Beckley, who has been recognized as the longest tenured senior college President in Mississippi, serving as Rust’s 11th president since 1993.

During the ceremony, members of CCC’s Class of 1965 will experience the thrill of graduation all over again as they’ll be featured in the ceremony as golden graduates, commemorating their 50th year reunion celebration.

 Also, for the first time, CCC will be honoring graduating veterans as well as active duty service members during the ceremony. The service men and women will be adorned with a patriotic red, white and blue ribbon medallion to recognize their service in the United States Armed Forces and success in achieving their educational and career goals.

“Veterans face challenging situations adjusting to civilian life inside and outside the classroom and many veteran students don’t complete their college education because of troubles overcoming the adjustment,” said Delores Richard, CCC assistant director of admissions and veterans affair coordinator. “For those who complete their program of study, whether it’s a degree or certificate of completion, it’s a great honor to recognize and present to them a customized CCC veteran medallion.” 

Graduation practice is scheduled for May 6 at 8 a.m. for CCC faculty and staff and 9 a.m. for students.

Cap and gowns will be issued immediately following graduation practice, and students must bring their $65 graduation fee receipt to pick up a cap and gown.

Graduates can pay graduation fees now through May 6 at the business office located in the Vivian M. Presley Administration Building.