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Largest GED class ever graduates at Golden Triangle campus

Fifty-six students walked in GED graduation ceremonies Dec. 5, marking the largest GED commencement in EMCC history.​


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MAYHEW – Adults frequently earn their GED to prove a point to their children about the importance of education. William Jefferson, on the other hand, was inspired by his children’s success.


“I told myself, if all my children have a degree then I would have to have one myself, even if it’s just a GED,” said Jefferson.


The West Point native made good on his promise to himself Thursday night as he collected his GED at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus along with the largest group to participate in a GED graduation ceremony at EMCC.


Fifty-six grads walked across the stage Dec. 5.


Jefferson earned his GED six years after losing his job at Sara Lee. He had worked for the company 33 years when it closed its West Point plant.


After a depressed year of unemployment, he landed a job at Wal-Mart, where he works to this day. And he could continue to make a comfortable living, but seeing how well his children are doing made him want something more.


Jefferson’s sons are in the armed forces, one in the Navy and the other a Marine. And he has one daughter at Mississippi State University pursuing a degree in criminal justice while another studies to be an ear, nose and throat doctor (otolaryngologist) at Arkansas State University.


“I had to do something to show them all how proud I was of them. My children inspired me to do better and these young kids in the GED program said I inspired them to do better,” said Jefferson.


He plans to take advantage of a Workforce Services scholarship offered to all EMCC GED graduates and continue attending class during the day and working in the evenings.​

William Jefferson, left, and his nephew Malcolm Jefferson, right, pose with their family following the GED graduation ceremony at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus.




 Here's a look at the GED graduates
who took part in commencement
ceremonies on Dec. 5


Jessica Bailey - Columbus

 Sherri Barclay - West Point

Sierra Beamer - Columbus   

Jesse Black - Steens

 Jabari Brooks - Starkville

Elizabeth Brown - Columbus   

Vanessa Calvert - Aberdeen

Sylvia Carter - Starkville

Ariona Coleman - Macon

Robert Dennison - Caledonia

Angel Ervin - Brooksville

Robert Green - West Point

Fredia Estes - Columbus   

Tashonda Farmer - Columbus   

Alvanisha Foard - Eupora

Shaffery Foard - Prairie

Linda Fuller - Mathiston

Alma Gardner - Columbus   

Stephanie Gates - Columbus   

Jeffrey Hall - Columbus   

Bettie Harris - Starkville

Clyde Harris Jr. - Prairie

Sabrina Higginbotham - Eupora

Jeff Hostetler - Brooksville

Phylicia House - Caledonia

Edward Hunter Sr. - West Point

Amy Marie Hyde - West Point

Malcolm Jefferson - West Point

William Jefferson - West Point

Shateasha Lee - West Point

Brittany Lenoir - Prairie

Ellic Lucious - Starkville

La’Kiedra Macon - Brooksville

Stephen Manning - West Point

Zachary Marsh - Aberdeen

James Martin - Columbus   

Miracle McKee - Columbus   

Tori Meakins - Columbus   

Emily Nickoles - Columbus   

Kanzin Niswonger - Columbus   

Heather Paxson - Hamilton

Daphane Quinn - West Point

Anfrenee Rice - Starkville

Calvin Robinson - Columbus   

Weatherbee Shearer - Starkville

Mandi Stokes - Columbus   

Zaikeia Sykes - West Point

Makayla Thomas - Aberdeen

Thomas Trahan - Columbus   

Katelin VanHaaften - Steens

Erica Walker - West Point

Javian Watt - Starkville

Jaylyn White - Columbus   

Dakota Wright - Caledonia

Donald Wright - West Point

William Yaw - Caledonia

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