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Hodge inspires JCJC summer graduates to strive forward in life

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ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Jones County Junior College. 

The 75th annual summer commencement exercise of Jones County Junior College was held on Friday, July 31 in M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium. Hundreds of family and friends attended to show support for the 92 students that participated in the graduation ceremony. 

Alex Hodge, Jones County Sheriff and president of the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association, shared with the graduates personal heartfelt lessons from life including personal reflections on achieving his dream. 

Hodge commended the students on the determination it took to get them to where they were today.

“I want you to know you haven’t arrived here by accident,” he said. “You traveled that journey, you went through adversity. Some of you in this class were probably told you can’t do that. Some said you wouldn’t do it, but you did.”

Hodge told the students that when he was a young boy, he rode through communities on an old yellow bicycle, dreaming of being in law enforcement. He pointed out that he set out on building his dreams, just like the graduates are setting out on building theirs.

“Never let any of those who told you ‘you can’t,’ never let anyone who told you ‘you’re good,’ never let that settle in your mind,” Hodge said. “Because the greatest enemy of greatness, is just being good. Strive for greatness. Know that whatever you do, wherever you go, you are in control of your destiny.”

David Garner, chairman of the JCJC Board of Trustees, congratulated the graduates and said he wanted them to leave the college with the attitude that something good is going to happen to them.

Jones County Junior College will resume classes for the fall 2015 semester on Monday, August 17. Registration for traditional, online, and hybrid courses is ongoing through August 17.

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