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Hinds Community College Celebrates Grads & former Ag class

Hinds Community College in Utica added another group of graduates to the world. Hinds Community College in Utica added another group of graduates to the world.
UTICA, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds Community College in Utica added another group of graduates to the world. 

This year's class wasn't the only group that was honored in Sunday night's ceremony. The graduating class from Hinds County Agricultural High School of 1968 was also given the spotlight and diplomas. Lizzie Caston Erves, a grad of that class, who was honored today, reminisced about what that school meant to her.

"It means it's a milestone in my life, I am glad that I have gotten the opportunity. I thought I would have a lot of teardrops at this moment, I am just so happy. To me, I wish a lot of younger kids of today went to a school like this. I got a degree from this school, but I also got a degree from here, in common sense," said Erves. 

Tom Joyner was the honorary speaker at today's commencement where he gave some good advice to the grads and told them to show some love to the moms in the crowd. 

Mother's day for this class in particular was special for one family. The Johnson and Spencer family graduates not one, but two family members. Mother and daughter, Tekesan Johnson, and Kasakia Spencer, both walked the stage and are now college graduates. 

"Very excited, overjoyed, yep. My kids encouraged me to go on back and start over and I did that," said Johnson.

Graduation for Kasakia Spencer was beyond special, she had her family there, but also the person that has motivated her along the way.

"She just said, keep going, stay strong, go head and do what you got to do. I said okay. That feels great, it's a moment I can have forever. It's great because most people feel like they can't do it. But to see somebody else do it, they want to follow in their footsteps too," said Spencer. 

Mr. Joyner gave a theme for today's grads and it was to have a dream or an idea. He then gave each person on stage a $5 bill to help fund that dream. A great start for any graduate entering the adult world. 

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