Tuition and fees at Mississippi’s 15 community and junior colleges, including Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College, will rise by an average 13 percent this fall, according to the Mississippi Community College Board.
Biloxi’s 2017 class produced 100 High Honor students, 56 Honor students and amassed over $10.8 million in scholarships. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, city councilwoman Dixie Newman and Harrison County Board Supervisor Beverly Martin were among the special guests present at the graduation ceremony May 21.
It’s a small school compared with some in South Mississippi that graduated this month, but the Vancleave students in their royal-blue caps and gowns grabbed opportunities and are marching ahead with big dreams.
During graduation speeches, Harrison Central High School Valedictorian Gabrielle Heckler and Salutatorian Timothy Stoner implored their class to pursue excellence and used the example of a classmate, Cam’Ron Jackson, to speak about perseverence.