“We attended college during a pandemic. Many of us may have also had other struggles outside of the pandemic or struggles that the pandemic made even worse. Yet, we did not let those obstacles hold us back, so, again, well done.”
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“She is the most courageous person I know. She has never let any of her hurdles stop her or slow her down. She continues to push through life and continue to accomplish everything that she feels she should,” Hudson said.
The Jackson native and 1963 Lanier High School graduate had returned to school about five years ago to work on a college degree he’d long thought about, but just hadn’t finished.
“It’s been crazy getting here,” he said. “But after 31 years in the making, it’s special.”
“Every graduation ceremony is special to the college, as we celebrate the success of each student. It is important that we truly celebrate what our graduates have achieved – they have overcome a series of unusual circumstances over the last several months,” said Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik.
“Hinds has been absolutely incredible to my journey, more than I could have ever imagined. I had been home-schooled and came to Hinds five years after I had finished high school. I was unsure how I would do, but I was able to thrive here because of the instructors and small class sizes.”
A lot of praying, studying and a few cries every now and then. But it’s a great program with great people who teach you a lot. You learn a lot about yourself during the process.”
The festival is held each spring to encourage and support the pursuit of literary arts among Rankin County high school students and foster their interest in higher education.
“The night was so surreal. It was confirmation of all my hard work and I could not have done it without the help of my instructor and my WHUC News 7 team. It was just a blessing to see our hard work prevail.”
Her record of service is 42 years and counting, as she continues to serve as a part-time instructor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department.
“Being chosen for something like this makes me feel that my hard work is paying off as I’ve been attending Hinds as a full-time student and working part-time in the Student Services area on the Raymond campus since last summer,”
“I was one of seven kids growing up, so I’ve always been around them,” she said. “I love seeing those little ‘a-ha’ moments when they figure something out and get interested in learning. I was homeschooled and helped my mom teach my siblings.
Bolton has attended Hinds on three scholarships and is president of the Alpha Iota Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.
“I’ve always been a mechanic, but I’d love to learn more about these,” Barrett said. “So I thought I’d ‘go big’ and attend the program here.”
She “encourages her students to try new things, form ideas that challenge them and use collaboration to gain new perspectives.”
About 160 works of art were considered for this year’s contest, which was judged by Jacob Rowan, assistant professor of art at Belhaven University.
“Our goal is to provide students a way to connect with businesses in the same place they attend classes,” Allen said. “Currently, there are more jobs available than people to fill them and the opportunity for motivated students is at an all-time high.
Held each spring, the event gives prospective students a chance to find out about all programs of study available at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. They also got information on admissions, financial aid, registration and more from faculty and staff during the come-and-go event, which also included free snacks and activities.
Starting in fall 2022, the C.O.R.E. (Candidates on Rapid Entry) program will provide for an MHP officer to be on campus two days a week to assist criminal justice students on physical training and to teach them MHP-related curriculum to better prepare them for patrol school upon successful completion of the one-year program.