JCJC holds two Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-05-03 17:49:46

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College will be holding two Spring Commencement Ceremonies for the first time, due to the large number of guests and graduates. Graduation will be held Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium for students whose last names begin with the letters “A” through “J”. The second ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. for those students whose last names begin with the letters “K” through “Z”. Both ceremonies will also be streamed on the home web page, www.jcjc.edu.
About 610 students are eligible to graduate with either an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or Vocational Certificate. Additionally, 246 students have already met graduation requirements after the fall semester and may participate in spring commencement ceremonies.
The keynote speaker will be Raleigh attorney, David Garner. The JCJC Chairman of the Board of Trustees and 1987 alumnus of Jones will speak at both ceremonies.
He also serves as Commissioner for the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners which governs the Mississippi Bar. Present and former clients of Garner’s include Southern Pine Electric Power Association, General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical, Chevron Corporation, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company. 
The Smith County native has been practicing law in Raleigh since 1993 when he earned his Juris Doctrate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.  Garner graduated from the University of Mississippi, summa cum laude in 1989.  He was a Taylor Medalist, served as President of Delta Psi Fraternity and was a member of the Hall of Fame while at the university.  The 1985 Valedictorian of Mize Attendance Center graduated from Jones in 1987 garnering several honors and awards including, Academic Gold Key, Leadership Gold Key, Hall of Fame and Mr. JCJC.  Garner served as president of the Student Government Association and the Baptist Student Union and was a member of the Jones Concert Choir. 


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