Hinds Community College will graduate about 390 students in one of three ceremonies on Aug. 1 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus, a 16.8 percent increase over last summer when 334 students graduated.
Dr. Robert Smith, a Hinds Agricultural High School graduate and president and CEO of Central Mississippi Health Services, will address nursing graduates at 9 a.m. and allied health graduates at noon.
Bob Mullins, Hinds graduate and former Hinds vice president for Economic Development at Eagle Ridge Conference Center, will speak to academic and career-technical graduates at 3 p.m.
Smith received his medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. His clinical training was conducted at West Side Medical Clinic of Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Ill., and other post-graduate training at various institutions.
He is a charter diplomat and fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine and a retired clinical associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine. He is a faculty emeritus of Community Medicine at Brown University and a former member of the Department of Community Medicine at Tufts University.
After graduating from Hinds, Mullins received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Educational and Architectural Technology and a Master of Science in Vocational Education, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has 45 hours at the University of Mississippi in Higher Education.
After leaving Hinds, Mullins worked at Nissan North America in Canton, eventually becoming senior manager of training and communication. He retired in September 2013 and established R.L. Mullins Consulting.