More than 100 students participate in JCJC summer graduation

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Date Submitted: 2013-08-04 18:55:36

ELLISVILLE - Today’s college graduates could one day be referred to as the “Next Greatest Generation.” That’s what Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University, told more than 100 graduates at Jones County Junior College’s summer commencement exercises held Friday (August 2) morning.

Explaining how the Greatest Generation faced many challenges, keynote speaker Keenum told today’s graduates that they will also have very unique challenges to face in the coming years, including working in careers that have yet to be created due to changing technology, and caring for the projected 2 billion increase in world-wide population during their lifetime.

“Currently 1 million people are undernourished. How will we provide energy, housing and nutrition for 2 billion more people?” he asked the group.

Keenum, who received his associate degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College and displays that degree on his wall in his office, explained to the students that their degree at Jones will provide them with a well-prepared foundation on which they can build.

 “We are looking to you and counting on you to make the right decisions for your life,” he said, sharing with them words of wisdom. “Live life with integrity; live life committed to working hard. Treat people with respect, with dignity, and you’ll go a long way in life.”

He also referred to Ephesians 4:2, instructing the graduates to be humble, gentle and patient with one another.

David Garner, chairman of the JCJC Board of Trustees, shared with the graduates his closing remarks.

 “I think Dr. Keenum had it exactly right,” said Garner. “As we look at the issues and challenges that face us today, we are certainly looking to you to help lead the way to bring about a better quality of life for our families, for our communities, for Jones…for indeed all the world.”

The graduation ceremony was streamed live on for family and friends unable to attend the event. There were 180 students eligible for graduation with 115 participating. Graduates received an Associate in Arts degree, an Associate in Applied Science degree or a Vocational Certificate.


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