Booneville, Miss. - A group of gifted young men and women have gained the most elite prize that can be attained while attending Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Nearly 50 athletes from six of Northeast's intercollegiate athletic programs qualified to receive their Associate of Arts degrees at the conclusion of the 2017 spring semester.
"On behalf of our athletic department and coaches, I am very proud of the outstanding graduating student-athletes that we have this spring," said Northeast athletic director Kent Farris. "We wish each of these students further success in their lives. They will always be part of the Tiger family.
"This class of graduates verifies the outstanding job that our faculty and athletic staff do in ensuring that our standards are to provide quality instruction and mentorship in order to be successful in the classroom."
Approximately half of the 43 total athletes that earned their degrees participated during the traditional commencement exercise on Friday, May 12 inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Twenty members of the football team, which claimed its first top-10 finish in school history, were conferred with degrees. That is the highest number of recipients of any sports program at Northeast.
Softball had the highest percentage of student-athletes graduate with seven of its eight eligible sophomores, or roughly 88-percent. Among that group was Mississippi's regular-season strikeout champion Jessica Boyd.
Both the men's and women's basketball programs graduated 80-percent of their upperclassmen as well. Baseball and the cheerleading squad were also represented with four athletes apiece that obtained degrees.
These student-athletes were awarded with degrees after completing the proper coursework for their respective majors as set forth by the Northeast Board of Trustees and the state of Mississippi.
The following is the list in alphabetical order with sport, high school and course of study of the Northeast student-athletes that were candidates for graduation.
|Darrion Abston||Football||Olive Branch||General Studies|
|Kyoshi Agnew||Football||Corinth||General Studies|
|Ryan Baysinger||Football||Union||General Studies|
|Jerell Bernard||Men's Basketball||Horn Lake||General Studies|
|Jessica Boyd||Softball||St. Joseph (Mich.)||General Studies|
|Teosha Boyd||Women's Basketball||Corinth||General Studies|
|Jamal Braddock||Football||Ripley||General Studies|
|Leroy Buchanan||Men's Basketball||Madison Central||General Studies|
|Daniel Calvery||Baseball||Booneville||Industrial Maintenance Tech|
|Addison Carter||Cheerleading||Ingomar||General Studies|
|Kristen Cartwright||Softball||Jumpertown||General Studies|
|Hannah Cox||Softball||South Lamar (Ala.)||General Studies|
|Keawvis Cummings||Football||Shannon||General Studies|
|Madison Davis||Softball||Booneville||General Studies|
|Ashley Flowers||Cheerleading||Tishomingo County||Elementary Education|
|L.J. Hawkins||Football||Water Valley||General Studies|
|Dillon Helm||Football||Lafayette County||General Studies|
|Vonnie Howard, Jr.||Football||Murrah||General Studies|
|Alivia Hughes||Women's Basketball||Clinton||General Studies|
|Anna Claire Ivy||Cheerleading||Booneville||Communicative Disorders|
|Kris Kent||Football||Eupora||Diesel Power Tech|
|Jamia Kirk||Softball||Corinth||General Studies|
|LaKeiya Lane||Women's Basketball||Southaven||General Studies|
|Kendrick Lofton||Football||Forest||General Studies|
|Max Ludka||Baseball||Traverse City West (Mich.)||General Studies|
|PaDarius Martin||Football||Southeast Lauderdale||General Studies|
|Antwon McCoy||Football||Kemper County||General Studies|
|Dee McNeal||Football||Water Valley||General Studies|
|Cameron Montgomery||Football||Shannon||General Studies|
|Rebekah Morris||Softball||Athens (Ala.)||General Studies|
|John Murphree||Baseball||Lafayette County||General Studies|
|A.J. Roaten||Baseball||Tishomingo County||General Studies|
|Demarcus Rogers||Football||Tupelo||General Studies|
|Anthony Rush||Football||Cary (N.C.)||General Studies|
|Jo'Quarius Savage||Football||Neville (La.)||General Studies|
|Octavius Simpson||Football||Grenada||General Studies|
|Kendarius Smith||Men's Basketball||Velma Jackson||General Studies|
|Kendall Stafford||Men's Basketball||Corinth||General Studies|
|Josh Thurman||Football||Greenwood||General Studies|
|Molly Walden||Softball||New Site||Elementary Education|
|Shelby Wilbanks||Women's Basketball||Walnut||Physical Education|
|Brenden Williams||Football||Restoration Academy (Ala.)||General Studies