Special to SW Rankin News
Reagan Miley of Florence graduated from Hinds Community College (Hinds CC) on July 29, driving in a car under a partly cloudy summer sky instead of walking across an auditorium stage.
She was among more than 600 students who participated in a drive-through graduation ceremony over a four-day period. But it was worth it to him to officially receive his Associate Degree in Nursing.
Because of social distancing restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic, Hinds was unable to have traditional ceremonies inside. The spring and summer ceremonies were combined and turned into a drive-through event, over three days at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond July 29-31 and a fourth day at the Utica Campus on Aug. 1.
Each graduate was greeted by the new college president, Dr. Stephen Vacik, who took office on July 1, and cheered on by members of the Executive Leadership Team, all of whom wore masks.
Reagan Miley of Florence received her degree in surgical technology, a field she chose because “I like helping whoever I can, however I can.”
She already has a job lined up – the robotics team at Baptist Medical Center.