MGCCC graduates more than 1200 students

It’s round two tonight for commencement ceremonies at the Coast Coliseum.

Tonight more than 1,200 students received their diplomas from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. This is the first year graduates of the Collegiate Academy participated in the college’s commencement. Eighteen students received both their high school diplomas and their associate’s degrees simultaneously.

Three of the graduates tell News 25 it’s been a very busy two years juggling high school and college at the same time.  Graduate Carissa Virgilio said, “It was a lot of dedication and it was a lot of responsibility and that’s one thing I had to get use to because it’s way different than high school, but I had to balance out my extracurricular as well so that also played into that and I have a job.”

Graduate Derek Watts said, “Well, first starting out I was kind of nervous, I was kind of nervous it was stressful and trying to balance both but, closer to the ending of my freshman year, it became easier.”

Graduate Kristiana Payton said, “It was really good, I learned a lot of things, I met a lot of new people, joined clubs, and I’m involved in both the college and the high school.”

Derek says he plans to join the Army and where he plans to go into practical nursing specialist. Carissa will go to South Alabama and plans to major in nursing. Kristiana will go to Ole Miss and major in political science.

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