Jones D.A. Buckley speaks to JCJC graduates

Jones D.A. Buckley speaks to JCJC graduates

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Jones County District Attorney Anthony Buckley advised graduates at Jones County Junior College Friday to visualize what they want to do with their lives and then make a plan of action to accomplish it.

Buckley was featured speaker for the 88th annual Commencement at JCJC.

Hundreds of students took home either associate in arts degrees, associate in applied science degrees or vocational certificates during the ceremony.

"I was a 10th grade drop out, I never thought I'd do this," said Jami Taylor, of Ellisville, a business office technology major who graduated with honors. "I got my GED in my mid-thirties and I'm 57, getting my diploma and I'm very excited," she said.

"I enjoyed my years here at Jones, in the classroom and on the basketball court," said Christopher White, a graduate from Gulfport who majored in sports management. "I'm very excited, it's a good feeling," he said.

Among the graduates was Buckley's son, Evan.

And for the first time, JCJC awarded an honorary degree. It went to Richton businesswoman Oma Hibbler.