HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of students at Pearl River Community College received degrees Wednesday during Spring Commencement Exercises at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Building.
About 475 graduates took home either associate in applied science degrees, associate in arts degrees or certificates of proficiency.
"I'm really excited, I've been through a lot," said Syvia Jaffee, a graduate from Hattiesburg. "My daughter had cancer and I'm a single mother and I finally did it and I'm going to keep on going on," she said.
"I feel good, it's something I've worked hard for and and I'm excited about getting it," said Colton Turnage, a graduate from Sandy Hook.
"I'm the first of my grandpa's grandchildren to go to college and graduate and I feel very successful," said Willie Martin, another graduate from Marion County. "I know they're proud for me," he said.
"It's a really good foundation," said Tiffany Tucker, an English major from Diamondhead. "It was a lot better than going straight to a major university and you get the same classes done for less money," she said.
Keynote speaker for the event was former Secretary of State Eric Clark, who is now executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board.