MGCCC holds in-person graduation at the Coast Coliseum

A year after Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College had to hold its commencement virtually due to the pandemic, graduates are once again getting the chance to walk across a stage and receive their diplomas.

One of MGCCC’s two regular commencement ceremonies this spring was held this evening at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Decked out in their caps, gowns, and cords, graduates filed through the arena ahead of the event.

Between the two ceremonies, the school estimates 1,200 students will participate in commencement.

Due to the recent lifting of most COVID related state mandates, graduates were allowed to invite friends and family to witness one of life’s big milestones.

Graduate Avery Barlow said, “It’s been eventful, I should say, with classes closing and half-capacity, especially being a part of Reflections team and not doing the orientations and then coming back and trying to begin normal like nothing ever happened. It’s hard.”

Graduate Emma Mauffray said, “I’m just really relieved. Like I didn’t think I would be able to do it after the Fall semester happened this year, but I’m just glad.”

Graduate Nyla Durden said, “I definitely think it’s an honor. I had lots of friends that didn’t get to walk last year that graduated from here. And so, I think tonight I just walk in their honor for them since they didn’t get to.”

A second commencement ceremony will be held Friday evening for the remaining Gulf Coast graduates.

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