‘Pomp and Circumstance’ rang through the Coast Coliseum tonight as Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College graduates received their degrees.
More than 1,100 students participated in the commencement ceremony and thousands more family and friends there for support.
Thirty-six students received both their high school diplomas and their associate’s degree simultaneously. This special program with MGCCC is called ‘collegiate academy.’
Two of the students tell News 25 it has been a very busy two years juggling both college and high school. Collegiate Academy graduate Dreyanna Hawkins said, “To keep my college life and my high school life balanced and not try to favor one or the other. So it was a lot of balancing, but I kept it together.”
Collegiate Academy graduate Hannah Dobson said, “I am the first in my family to receive a college degree so it was a lot of pressure. I am happy and I made a lot of people proud.”
Hawkins says she plans on applying to many colleges and continuing her education to become a veterinarian. Dobson is attending the University of South Alabama in the fall for nursing.