Ceremony marks “turning point” for 18 CCC GED grads
CLARKSDALE – Family and friends sang along as Tyrone Davis crooned in the microphone, “I’ve reached the turning point in my life.”

Ceremony marks “turning point” for 18 CCC GED grads

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Tue Aug 1, 2017

Rep. Orlando Paden addresses CCC's 2016-2017 Adult Education graduates during a commencement exercise hosted Saturday in Whiteside Hall. 

CLARKSDALE – Family and friends sang along as Tyrone Davis crooned in the microphone, “I’ve reached the turning point in my life.”

Rep. Orlando Paden (D-MS), who played the popular melody as he opened his speech during the Adult Education Graduation Ceremony Saturday at Coahoma Community College (CCC), said the lyrics summed up the occasion perfectly.

“You have positioned yourself for greatness,” said Paden to the graduates who were formally recognized for earning their GED.

“Each of you are unique and have a calling on your lives. …We need you here to make a difference in our city, state, country and ultimately the world.”

GED tests allow individuals over the age of 16 to demonstrate they have acquired a level of learning comparable to that high school graduates.

The ceremony celebrated 18 graduates who aced the test during the 2016-2017 school term by way of CCC’s Workforce Development Center Adult Basic Education (ABE)/GED program.

“We started this journey as a group of individuals with a common goal,” said graduate Eolanda Gatlin of Walls, MS as she addressed the audience during her welcome.

“We’ve planned, studied, endured and now we are overjoyed to share this special event with those who supported and encouraged us.”

CCC’s Workforce Development Center offers free GED classes year-round at five locations at no cost to the student.

Steven Jossell, CCC executive director of workforce, praised the department for its commitment to help students achieve success.

“Many thanks and kudos to the Coahoma Community College Workforce Development Center’s ABE/GED program for such a masterful job in the development and shaping of the minds of the esteemed 2017 GED graduates,” Jossell said.

“Now that the stage has been set, I encourage and challenge each graduate to simply be ‘present.’  Reside in the moment as it unfolds before each of you. …Live in the now and utilize this moment as a springboard to launch your dreams.”

The graduates honored were: Jadaveon Adams, David Bloom, Yesha Brown, Dylan Castle, Laura Daley, Eolanda Gatlin, Shemekia Gilliam, Landon Haynes, Derek Hogan, Tambria Hudson, Julia Jordan, Tyikelria Price, Robert Rodgers, Zichaeous Rogers, Knowlton Tackett, Lillian Watson, Ladd Ronald, and Charles Henley.

For more information about free GED classes offered by CCC’s Workforce Development Center in Clarksdale, Cleveland, Rosedale, Tunica and Marks, call (662) 621-4307 or (662) 621-4314.   

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the ceremony on CCC's Facebook page!