Special to SW Rankin News
Roby Vasquez of Pearl graduated form Hinds Community College on Friday, July 31, at one of four drive-through graduation ceremonies. He received a degree in animation and simulation design and plans to pursue a bachelor's degree at Mississippi State University.
Because of social distancing restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic, Hinds was unable to have traditional ceremonies inside.
Instead, the spring and summer ceremonies were combined and turned into a drive-through event, over three days at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond and a fourth day at the Utica Campus.
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.
Jamila Wynn of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on Friday, July 31, at one of four drive-through graduation ceremonies. She is planning to transfer to the University of Alabama for a marketing degree.