The Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus held a combined graduation ceremony for the Practical Nursing (PN) Class of 2021 and the Massage Therapy Class of 2021 on July 1 in the McGowan Workforce Training Center. Eleven students were honored.
PN graduates included: Portia Caldwell of Madison County, Alondrea Edwards of Madison County, Rebekah Gutierrez of Hinds County, Tierra Jefferson of Holmes County, Chrishona Neely of Hinds County, Jessica Ray of Rankin County, Octivia Singleton of Madison County, Christi Steed of Sharkey County, Jaylyn Taylor of Copiah County, Michael Trussell of Rankin County and Belinda Warnsley of Copiah County. Amy Dixon, also of Copiah County, was the sole graduate of the new Massage Therapy program.
Each graduate entered the auditorium with their family members to receive their diploma, pin and candle. PN instructor Dr. Lakesia Sutton read each graduate’s name as PN instructor Heather Roberts presented the pins and Ridgeland Campus Vice President Dr. Don Burnham presented certificates. The ceremony was filmed and will be added to a video that includes: an invocation by Gutierrez, class vice president; remarks by Trussell, PN class president; remarks by Dixon, Massage Therapy class president; an address by Dr. Amy Whittington, director of Career-Technical Education; an address by Talisha Greenlaw, Mississippi Board of Nursing Examination licensing officer, and a benediction by Warnsley, class secretary/treasurer.
In addition to the recognition of the class officers, Singleton was recognized as class valedictorian for having the highest GPA and Steed as salutatorian for having the second highest for the PN program. Neely was recognized as class historian and for having the third highest GPA. Additionally, Dixon was recognized as valedictorian for the Massage Therapy program.
For more information about the PN or Massage Therapy program, contact Jessica Leverette at undefined email@example.com or 601-605-3386.
IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured are the 2021 Ridgeland Practical Nursing and Massage Therapy program graduates with (far left) Dr. Lakesia Sutton and (far right) Heather Roberts. Graduates include (front, left to right) Alondrea Edwards of Madison County, Rebekah Gutierrez of Hinds County, Belinda Warnsley of Copiah County, Amy Dixon of Copiah County, (middle, left to right) Octivia Singleton, Christi Steed of Sharkey County, Jessica Ray of Rankin County, Tierra Jefferson of Holmes County, (back, left to right) Michael Trussell of Rankin County, Jaylyn Taylor of Copiah County, Portia Caldwell of Madison County and Chrishona Neely of Hinds County. Dixon was the sole graduate of the new Massage Therapy program, and the others graduated from the PN program.