More than 125 Meridian Community College students received their certificates and or degrees when the college held its commencement Saturday in the Ivy Hall McCain Theater.

In addition to graduates receiving their diplomas, five MCCers, Angela Collins, Amanda Howell, Holly Fettinger, Conswailia Fulford and Jodi Montoya, were named for inclusion in the Circle of Excellence. The graduates were chosen on basis of scholarship, leadership, spirit and service.

Collins, of Jackson, is a University Transfer graduate majoring in accounting with a career goal of becoming a certified public accountant. She is the mother a four-year-old son. Collins is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for community and junior college students, and the Business Student Organization. She is the founder of a non-profit organization and the director of youth ministries at the Greater Belmont MB Church in Bryan.

Howell, of Starkville, is a graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, MCC Radiologic Technology Organization and is a President’s List Scholar. While working part-time and seeking dual degrees, Howell was active in food drives for Love’s Kitchen and multiple “Angel” adoptions through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

Fettinger, of Pachuta, is a graduate of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. She is married and the mother of a two-year-old daughter. She is a member of PTK and Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) where she won first and second place honors in both state and national conventions. Fettinger is a President’s and Dean’s List Scholar.

Fulford, of Ellisville, is a graduate of the Practical Nursing Program and plans to become a nurse educator. She is married and the mother of three children. Fulford is a member of HOSA and the Practical Nursing Student Organization. She is also a recipient of the Excellence in Practical Nursing Award.

Montoya, of Waynesboro, is a graduate of the University Transfer Program and plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychology. She is a member of PTK and a Dean’s List Scholar. Employed at the Wayne County Department of Human Services, Montoya also has participated in community service projects.

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