By Kreneice Reid
Most students participate in their first graduation ceremony their senior year of high school to honor reaching their first academic milestone. Why do students choose to do it again two years later from a community college?
Northwest’s 2015 graduation ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 15, in the Howard Coliseum on the Senatobia campus. Laticia Reed, a sophomore studying psychology from Oxford, is a student who looks forward to walking.
“I’ve been here for two years, and it makes me feel accomplished and proud of myself,” Reed said. ”I feel like everyone who has completed should walk, so that they can feel that sense of accomplishment as well.
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 and providing workforce development and skills training.
“I want everyone to know that I worked really hard to get there, and I feel like I deserve to wear that cap and gown,” Tyler Rudd, a sophomore studying general college from Batesville said. “Without participating in the ceremony, there would be nothing exciting to look forward to.”
Fayte Reed, a sophomore studying general college from Batesville, decided not to participate in the ceremony but acknowledges the importance of receiving his degree.
“It’s just a title; something that you can put under your belt and say that you have. Everyone always says and even statistics has proven that having an associates looks better when applying to an university, oppose to just having credit hours,” Reed said. “It proves that you have what it takes to finish.”
According to Larry Simpson, dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar, students will be immediately rewarded their degree through their transcripts and can expect their degrees in the mail within eight weeks.
“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,” Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears said.
The ceremony will be divided into three segments: 8 a.m. for students receiving an Associate of Arts, 11:30 a.m. for students receiving a career certificate and 2:30 p.m. for students receiving an Associate of Applied Science.
“I figure if I’ve been here this long, I might as well get the full benefits,” Quandez Turner, a sophomore studying cosmetology from Batesville, said.