ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Junior College held its Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Friday in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium.
About 623 of the more than 732 students eligible to graduate with either, an associate in arts degree, associate in applied science degree or a vocational certificate participated in the ceremonies.
For the first time in recent history, a Jones County Junior College faculty member will be the keynote speaker.
Wyatt Moulds is a 1972 graduate of Heidelberg High School and earned his associate of arts degree from Jones County Junior College.
He received his bachelor's of science and his master's of science degrees in history from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Additionally, he has completed advanced studies in history and political science at USM.
For 42 years, Moulds has taught history in Mississippi's public schools with the last 34-years teaching at Jones County Junior College.
The native of Jasper County has served as chairman of JCJC's Social Science Division until his retirement in 2009.
Ironically, Moulds has continued to teach a full-load of classes on an adjunct basis at JCJC during his "retirement."
Since 2006, Moulds has also found the time to serve as a consultant to Hollywood film director Gary Ross.
His research of various topics will be included in the upcoming movie, "The Free State of Jones," which features a notorious Civil War rebel and relative of Moulds.
His address to the graduates is, "The Importance of Being on the Right Side of History."
"I hope students will learn from my speech, that sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions to move civilization forward and I hope they will lead because that will be their responsibility to do so," Moulds said.
Wyatt has been married to the former Faye Evans of Pachuta, Mississippi, for 42 years after meeting while in school at JCJC.
They have two children, Zachary and Erin Moulds, who are also both JCJC graduates.