POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - About 400 students took part in annual commencement exercises at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville Friday.
Students who completed their course work in the summer and fall of 2016, as well as the spring of 2017 were eligible to participate.
Featured speaker for the event was Rep. Brad Touchstone of Bellevue.
"It's kind of sad that I'm leaving, but happy for the next chapter in my life," said graduate Jenna Lee.
She gave the invocation for the commencement.
"I feel blessed to be here, it was a long road but I made it," said DeAndre' Anderson, a graduate who majored in electronics technology.
The commencement was also the last for PRCC president William Lewis, who is retiring at the end of June.
"Today has been a real special day," Lewis said. "I told my wife last night, I said 'one more to go.'"
He added, "it's been a great pleasure to serve, but it's time for somebody else to serve."
He has served as president since 2000.
Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice-president for the Poplarville Campus and Hancock Center, will take over as president on July 1.