Valedictorian Kadesia Harris and salutatorian Richard Cole, both of Clarksdale, Mississippi, will lead the graduating class of 2021 at Coahoma Community College's 69th Commencement. The ceremony will be held at the James E. Miller Stadium at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Kadesia Harris is the daughter of Willie and Jennifer Harris. Having majored in pre-nursing, the Honors College member now anticipates study in the College's Practical Nursing program.

"I aspire to become a registered nurse," said Harris. "I am caring by nature, leading me to believe I was born for this particular profession."

She describes her time while a Tiger as defining, an experience during which she rediscovered herself as a young adult. Instructors and other staff members made adjusting to a new stage of life easy.

Harris says that Coahoma has mentally and academically prepared her for a future career in the medical field.

She cites time and effort invested over the years as key components to landing the top superlative of her class.

Harris triumphs in quickly adjusting and persevering as the pandemic forced alternate routes to educational requirements.

"During my time at Coahoma, I can say that my instructors were very much available and communicated effectively when it was needed," Harris detailed. "They were patient and understanding, especially during these trying times."

Harris admirably quotes Dan Kennedy, who is attributed for saying, "Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable."

The graduate totes an excellent 3.894 GPA.


Richard Cole is the son of Carol Brooks and Arthur Cole. The 2021 graduate is proud to be finishing up his studies at the top of his class.

Outside of academics, Cole has served as the manager for the CCC men's basketball team. Tenacity, hard work, as well as staff members eagerly assisting him in selecting suitable classes put his chance of graduating early in reach.

"Coming from face-to-face instruction in high school, virtual learning had its challenges," said Cole, adding that the transition required learning independence and discipline. "I had to limit any distractions at home."

After committing to late-night studying and missing out on fun with friends, he can confidently stand as proof that hard work pays off.

"From day one, all of my instructors showed me how they were willing to go the extra mile," said Cole.

Cole greatly appreciates the institution for its high-quality instructors. His next stop is Alcorn State University, where he will study broadcast journalism.

He draws a great deal of inspiration from advice that a former U.S. president shared.

"Barack Obama once stated, 'If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress,'" quotes the class sal. He interprets the metaphor to mean "no matter how long it takes to be accomplished, I must be patient."

Cole has earned a terrific 3.88 GPA.