Graduation season is in full swing as students prepare to finish strong and grace the stage in their caps and gowns. The 2015 graduation ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 15, in the Howard Coliseum on the Senatobia campus.
The ceremony will be divided into three segments: 8 a.m. for students receiving Associates of Arts, 11:30 a.m. for students receiving career certificates and 2:30 p.m. for students receiving an Associate of Applied Science. The graduation ceremony for Associates of Art was originally set for 2 p.m. but was changed in April.
According to Larry Simpson, dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar, the ceremony program had been under the same schedule for the last several years and
the altered time was simply made to bring a rotation.
“I just wish that it was still set for 2 p.m. so that my grandmother wouldn’t have to wake up at 5 a.m. to make it to my graduation,” Lauren Benton, a sophomore studying
journalism from Olive Branch said.
While some are unhappy about the last minute time change , others find it beneficial.
“I’m glad they moved the time up, because it gives me time to make it to my baby sister’s very first prom,” Rudy Armstrong, a sophomore studying social work from Calhoun City, said.
According to Simpson, caps and gowns will be distributed at the graduation rehearsal. The rehearsal is scheduled at 2 p.m. in the Howard Coliseum on May 4 for students receiving Associate of Applied Science, May 5 for students receiving Career Certificates and May 6 for students receiving an Associates of Arts.
By Kreneice Reid
According to Simpson, Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears, will be speaking at the graduation ceremony. According to Simpson, students can expect to receive their
degrees in the mail within eight weeks. However, students are immediately rewarded their degree through their transcripts.
According to Simpson, 989 applications have been submitted for May 2015 and 760 applied to walk. Simpson says that 714 students participated in the May 2014 ceremony, which included 352 from Associates of Arts, 172 from Career Certificates and 190 with an Associate of Applied Science.
“A couple of years ago, the college launched a comprehensive plan to try to improve the number of people graduating. It was called “Crossing the Finish Line.” We feel confident it was successful, and these large numbers are a reflection of that,” Dr. Spears said.
Aaron Payne, a sophomore studying general college from Byhaila, is a student who decided not to participate in the ceremony.
“I’m excited about transferring, because I’m moving up another step toward my future, but I don’t feel that it’s necessary to walk because I plan to walk at Delta State,” Payne said.
Students who did not wish to walk at first but have had a change of heart are in luck. According to Simpson, students who missed the February deadline to submit their graduation application and participate in the ceremony, still have a chance to walk the stage. To do so, students must go to the Yalobusha Building and complete the graduation application form that can be found in the Registrar’s office. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, Community colleges are a vital part of the post secondary education delivery system. They serve almost half of the undergraduate students in the United States, providing open access to post secondary education, preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions, providing workforce development and skills training.
“I’m excited for graduation, because it’s going to be the end of this two year journey which has been more incredible than I could have ever imagined,” Christy Hart, a sophomore studying general college from Coldwater, said.