280 graduate from PRCC adult education program in 2018

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It's been a record-setting year for the adult education program at Pearl River Community College.

About 165 students received their high school equivalency diplomas during a commencement ceremony Thursday night at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

A total of 280 students are graduating this year, making it the program's biggest class ever.

Many of the graduates not only got their diplomas, but also received work force certificates.

"I had my first kid when I was 17, had to get a job, school just wasn't in the picture," said Shane Bounds, a graduate from Lumberton. "And this is to show my kids that it's never too late and they back me more than anybody."

"When I was (at PRCC), I was able to get my certified nursing assistant certificate and license and also, my high school diploma, so it was good," said Nicole Miller of Hattiesburg, another graduate.

PRCC offers adult education courses at five locations throughout its six-county district.