Graduation returns to Poplarville; governor to speak

Graduation returns to Poplarville; governor to speak

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Pearl River Community College

For the first time in a decade, Pearl River Community College will hold graduation on the main campus in Poplarville.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 14, in the new Marvin R. White Coliseum. Gov. Phil Bryant will be the commencement speaker.

PRCC last held graduation in the old White Coliseum inw May 2005, three months before Hurricane Katrina tore through South Mississippi.

Damage to the coliseum was so extensive that it was demolished and a new $8.9 million facility built in the same location.

"Pearl River Community College is excited that the graduation ceremony this year is returning to the Marvin R. White Coliseum," said Dr. Jennifer Seal, vice president for planning and institutional research and chair of the graduation committee.

"The college administration, faculty and staff look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates."

More than 1,000 students have completed their degree requirements since June 2014 and can participate in graduation.

Approximately 375 are expected to don the traditional caps and gowns and walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.