JCJC holds two Spring Commencement Ceremonies with Wyatt Moulds as keynote speaker

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2016-05-03 22:14:03

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College will be holding two Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. for students whose names begin with the letters “A” though “L” in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. The second ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. for those students whose last names begin with letters “M” through “Z.” Both ceremonies will also be live-streamed on the JCJC web page, http://www.jcjc.edu/.
About 623 of the more than 732 students eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate have chosen to participate in the ceremonies. About 300 students will participate in each of the ceremonies.
For the first time in recent history, a Jones County Junior College faculty member will be the keynote speaker. Wyatt Moulds is a 1972 graduate of Heidelberg High School, earning his Associate of Arts degree from Jones County Junior College, and both his Bachelors of Science and his Masters of Science degrees in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he has completed advanced studies in history and political science at the University of Southern Mississippi. 
For 42-years, Moulds has taught history in Mississippi’s public schools with the last 34-years teaching at Jones County Junior College. The native of Jasper County has served as chairman of JCJC’s Social Science Division until his retirement in 2009. Ironically, Moulds has continued to teach a full-load of classes on an adjunct basis at JCJC during his “retirement.” 
Mr. Moulds has also found time, since 2006 to serve as a consultant to Hollywood film director Gary Ross.  His research of various topics will be included in the upcoming movie, “The Free State of Jones” which features a notorious Civil War rebel and relative of Moulds.
His address to the graduates is titled, “The Importance of Being on the Right Side of History.” Moulds explained, “I hope students will learn from my speech, that sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions to move civilization forward and I hope they will lead because that will be their responsibility to do so!”

Wyatt has been married to the former Faye Evans of Pachuta, Mississippi, for 42 years after meeting while in school at JCJC.  They have two children, Zachary and Erin Moulds, who are also both JCJC graduates.


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