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Friday, May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022 - 8:25am

Eighteen graduates of the Radiologic Technology program at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus received pins Tuesday, May 3, in a ceremony in the Dr. J. Cecil Burt Events Room marking the end of their two years of study.

They included from left: Seated - Gregory Evans of Clinton, Kimberly Holmes of Tylertown, Taylor Daley of Purvis, Lexis Picou of Picayune, Marissa Knight of Tylertown, Karrie McPhail of Bassfield, Rylee Morris of Richton, Courtney Poole of Petal, and Ethan Burge of Poplarville. Standing - Kristie Windham, Clinical Coordinator; Hope Husband, Program Director; Moez Larbi of Gulfport, Taylor Morales of Carriere, Ilyssa-Leigh Easton of Hurley, Quintavious Watkins of Drew, Levi Knight of Bay St. Louis, Jessie Quinn Shoemaker of Lucedale, Katie Wallace of Mendenhall, Jolie Williams of Hurley, Nicholas Farrell of Picayune and Jessica Dobson, Radiology instructor.

Rows of people seated in chairs inside large room

Students who received special honors include Daley, who received the Overall Outstanding Achievement and Mississippi Radiologic Society Scholarship; Easton, who received the Radiologic Technologist Choice Award and Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award; Morales, who received the Academic Excellence Award; and Farrell, Knight and Morris, who each received an Academic Achievement Award.

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May 6, 2022 - 1:57pm

Wednesday night, 45 Pearl River Community College students graduated with their Associate Degree of Nursing and were recognized for their achievements. Hundreds of well-wishers including family and friends from near and far gathered in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center of the Arts for the ADN Pinning Ceremony.

PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood delivered a congratulatory message to the students. He spoke of the challenges faced by this class, the rigor of the program, and the dedication of the faculty and staff.

“Tonight, we have the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our students,” said Breerwood. “They have a servant’s heart and a warrior’s soul. They are resilient, determined and focused on the goal. We couldn’t be more proud of you and your accomplishments.”

Prior to the pinning ceremony, four students were honored with different awards. Bryce Moran (traditional AD program) and Brandy Richardson (LPN to ADN program) were recognized for Academic Excellence. Ericka Madden (traditional ADN program) and Takiyah Williams (LPN to ADN program) were recognized for Dedication to Patient Care. Finally, Emma Smith was acknowledged as the recipient of the Spring 2022 Mississippi School of Nursing Scholarship.

The presentation of pins to the graduates included the reading of dedication cards as they accepted their diploma, lamp, and pin. Several of the graduates received their pin from a family member who is also a graduate of the PRCC ADN program.

Five of the graduates were given cords in recognition of their membership in the Mississippi Organization for Students of ADN (MOSA) for one year of service with at least 50 community service credits. Twenty-one of the graduates earned a medallion having completed two years of service and a minimum of 100 community service credits. This graduating class had the highest number of students receiving a medallion in the chapter’s history. MOSA is the only state chapter for students in the nation with the PRCC chapter participating in numerous educational, recruitment and community activities. Devon Graves served as president.

After lighting their lamps, all registered nurses in the audience were invited to join the graduates in reciting the Nightingale Pledge led by Marion Vilberg. This was followed by a thank you from Katie Taylor on behalf of the cohort. She thanked her fellow classmates, family members and faculty for their support throughout their time in nursing school.

“When we first entered nursing school, we were entering at a difficult time,” said Vilberg. “Our teachers had to embrace a new way of teaching and we had to embrace a new way of learning. Thanks to everyone’s support, we have made it.”

The evening ended with closing thoughts from Dr. Arlene Jones, Director of Nursing Education.

“You have chosen a career that will challenge you,” said Jones. “You will never be bored, and you will have immense responsibility.

“No matter where your future endeavors as a nurse take you, may you always look back with pride and remember that you are a PRCC ADN graduate. And never forget that you are a Wildcat.”


Earlier in the afternoon, eight nursing graduates were inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing. The ceremony was held in Malone Chapel. Fall 2021 inductees are Courtney Crosby, Devin Graves, Sydney Howell, Jessica Mixon, Dalton Reeves, Emma Smith – Vice President, Marion Vilberg – Secretary, and Takiyah Williams – President.

Seven women and one man stand on stage after Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing Induction at PRCC May 2022

Guests attending the induction were given a brief history of the organization and chapter before the Capstone Project presentation. This group elected to focus on educating women about regular self-breast exams including the creation of models to learn how to do one and a door hanger with instructions. The information was passed out at the Women’s Health Symposium in January.

Each inductee was presented with a pin and cords by nursing faculty members Mrs. Rebecca Pullens, Mrs. Brittny Radosta, and Mrs. Jaclyn Smith.


Shalyn Ard*, Haley Brown, Adrienne Byrd, Michael Celino, III*, Abigail Cleveland**, Courtney Crosby**+, Grant Dement, Kaylyana Duran**, Devin Graves**+, Jeanetta Hayes, Angela Hemba, Sydney Howell**+, Claire Ingram**, Taylor Johnson*, Hannah Kaltvedt, Allison Keefer*, Amber Ladner, Hannah Lods**, Jennifer Lopez, Ericka Madden**, Jessica Mixon**+, Taylor Mizell, Cierra Montegue, Bryce Moran, Karly Moran**, Dalton Mulkey, Kallie Nies, Ann Powell, Tatiyana Randolph, Dalton Reeves**+, Brandy Richardson, Aryss Rose**, Kari Rush**, Renee Saavedra*, Chelsey Schlosser, Emma Smith**+, Kayleigh Smith, Hannah Taylor**, Katie-Lyn Taylor, Marion Vilberg**+, Courtney Waller**, Allison Whitehead, LaGraciea Williams**, Takiyah Williams**+, and Gabriellah Williamson**.

* Mississippi Organization for Students of ADN (MOSA) Cord & Medallion: 1- year member with 50+ community service credits
** Mississippi Organization for Students of ADN (MOSA) Cord & Medallion: 2- year member with 100+ community service credits
+ Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing

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May 6, 2022 - 4:34pm

Pearl River Community College welcomed hundreds of families and friends to Dobie Holden Stadium on the Poplarville campus Friday to celebrate the graduation of more than 600 students.  

The morning ceremony awarded degrees to 243 students from Career Technical Education programs including Allied Health and Nursing. The invocation was given by Landun T’rail Hinton of Richton, the National Anthem was sung by Sarah Harrington of Lumberton, and the Benediction was done by Savannah Rea of Slidell, La. 

The afternoon ceremony recognized 371 students receiving an Associates in Arts degree. The invocation was given by Patrick Dunkle of Brooklyn, the National Anthem was sung by Mallorie Saucier of Carriere, and the Benediction was done by Charles Byrd of Lumberton. 

“We want to tell you how absolutely amazing each of you are,” said PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood. “You have a community of people who believe in you – always believe in yourself.” 

Several student groups were honored by Breerwood throughout the ceremonies, asking associated students to stand congratulated. The groups included Phi Theta Kappa, National Technical Honors Society, PRCC Middle College, Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, and more. 

Graduates were also reminded of the Wildcat Way. 

Young man with maroon cap and gown at PRCC Graduation 2022

“You are asked to walk your journey with pride, to show respect to all you encounter, to always demonstrate what it means to treat others with class, and to carry yourself with character,” said Breerwood. “We encourage you to carry that same philosophy with you as you graduate today.” 

Michael M. McNair of Columbia was emotional upon his graduation from the Commercial & Residential Construction Technology program. After years of working construction with a high school degree, he decided to come to PRCC to get a degree and have a new beginning.  

“I want to open my own business,” said McNair. “I plan to build spec houses and grow from there.” 

Other graduates found the day to be emotional as well. Raynah Travis from Hattiesburg is a student in Middle College. She is graduating with her Associates in Arts before receiving her high school diploma from Hattiesburg High School. In the fall, she plans to attend Texas Southern University to earn a degree in health science. 

“Middle College was a big help for me and my family,” said Travis. “This helped take the financial burden off my mom who has sacrificed so much for me. I just know that she, my family, and my friends are proud of me.” 

Both ceremonies were livestreamed. The footage will be available on PRCC’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. 

Enrolling at Pearl River Community College requires just four simple steps: 

1. Apply for Admissions online and have your transcript sent 
2. Apply for Financial Aid, including doing your FASFA 
3. Apply for Housing if needed 
4. Sign up for ROAR, our orientation program to help you have the BEST experience as a Wildcat  

Visit PRCC.EDU/Admissions to become a Wildcat today. 

Anyone interested in a tour of the Forrest County Campus or Poplarville Campus can reach out to the Office of Recruitment by calling 601-403-1197, emailing recruitment@, or visiting the webpage    

For Summer 2022, PRCC will be offering half-price tuition for all students attending, whether full-time or part-time. Many of the classes are offered online to allow students to complete the work on a more flexible schedule. 

All that is needed to receive this discount is to register for the classes. The college will adjust the fees for you. 

Three students will win either a full or half-price tuition scholarship for Fall 2022. 

New and returning students are invited to share their main character energy through a video on TikTok. To be eligible to win, the student must use the hashtags #MainCharacter #MainCharacterEnergy #MainCharacterPRCC and tag PRCC’s official TikTok account @PRCC_Wildcats. Students are encouraged to be creative with their submissions. 

To be eligible, you must have an admissions application on file at PRCC and live in one of our six county districts (Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River.)  

Winners will be selected and notified on Wednesday, June 1. 

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats), Instagram (PRCCWILDCATS), and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG). 

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