Jones County D.A. keynotes JCJC’s Spring Commencement

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2015-05-11 22:51:18

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College’s Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. Overflow seating will be available in the Fine Arts Auditorium with a simulcast of the ceremony. Commencement will also be streamed on the web page, or
A record number of 901 students are eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate. Additionally, 242 students have already met graduation requirements after the fall semester and may participate in spring commencement ceremonies with 629 who have said they would participate in commencement exercises.
The keynote speaker will be Jones County District Attorney, Tony Buckley. He has been the top prosecutor since 2003, when he first ran against an incumbent. In his third term beginning in 2011, Buckley did not have an opponent and became the first District Attorney in Jones County to be elected for more than two terms. During this election year, he again faces no challenger and will begin his fourth term as Jones County’s District Attorney in January of 2016.
The Sheffield, England native went to school in Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire and graduated with Honors in 1987, from the University College of Swansea in the United Kingdom. As part of his undergraduate degree he was required to complete a year at the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. After undergraduate school, he pursued a master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg before going on to law school at Mississippi College in Jackson to earn his law degree in 1992.
Buckley calls Calhoun his home, where he lives with his wife of 26 years, Michelle and his three children, one of whom is graduating from Jones.


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