Meridian Star

May 11, 2013

Future nurses earn degrees

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Call it a family tradition. Call it an early Mother’s Day gift.

    It could be said two graduates of Meridian Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, Tyler Thompson and Kyschme Watson, are adding a special gift to their moms’ presents this year – a college degree in nursing.

    The college held its graduation ceremonies Friday in the Evangel Temple, and it was one of the largest graduating classes ever, said MCC President Dr. Scott Elliott. Some 554 were candidates to receive associate degrees and certificates.

    As a youth, Tyler would hear his mom Pam discuss her job as a nurse. “She’d come home and talk about it,” he remembered. “Nursing has always interested me.” That nursing seed was planted a generation back for Pam entered into the caring career because her aunt was a nurse – who shared her love of profession with her niece, too. Pam earned her associate degree in nursing 22 years ago from MCC.

    Pam will graduate from Mississippi University for Women on Saturday with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. “I want to further my career,” Pam said as to why she pursued another degree. And that is the reason why, too, Tyler will continue his studies this August at MUW to get his bachelor’s degree – a step closer to his goal of pre-medicine.

    In another family connection, MCC Nursing Instructor Celeste Watson handed her daughter, Kyschme Watson, a nursing lamp during the Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Kyschme earned her ADN degree Friday, too, and presented the welcome during the graduation ceremonies. Also, Celeste’s nephew, Jawanza Watson, graduated from the nursing program Friday.

    Also during the graduation program held in the Evangel Temple Friday evening, 31 students were saluted for their academic excellence and community service as they were named members of the Circle of Excellence during MCC’s spring graduation.