More than 520 students will receive their degrees and/or certificates on Friday, May 3, at Evangel Temple, when Meridian Community College holds its spring commencement, according to MCC Dean of Student Services Deanna Smith.
Two ceremonies will be held; one at 11:30 a.m. for the health education and nursing graduates and another for all other students at 4 p.m.
MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said MCC faculty, staff and administration look forward to graduation day. “For those of us in higher education, it represents a special milestone and a transition in the life of our students. We're proud of their accomplishments, but we're excited about their futures. We're going to miss these students and what they've represented to Meridian Community College, but we know they will accomplish much and impact our world in big ways,” he said.
One of the highlights of the ceremonies will be the announcing of MCC’s “Circle of Excellence,” those students nominated by the faculty who have distinguished themselves not only in the classroom but also through their community service activities. Other highlights will be the announcing of the H.M. Ivy Scholarship recipients and the Phil Hardin Foundation Scholarship winners.
Students leading the morning service are Heather Emch (invocation); Joshlyn Johnson (welcome); Noah Hancock (singing); and Shana Carter (benediction). Student leaders for the afternoon event will be Shelena Pace (invocation); Dunnam Shirley (welcome); members of the MCC Dimension music ensemble (music); and Brent Rivers (benediction).
MCC holds commencements each school year in August, December and May.