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Alcorn Seniors Say Their Goodbyes at Fall Commencement

Graduates at Alcorn State University reached the milestone of earning a college degree during this semester’s graduation ceremony.

The 2017 Fall Commencement was held Friday, Dec. 8 at the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. Dr. Donzell Lee, provost and executive vice president for The Office of Academic Affairs, delivered a powerful message to Alcorn’s newest alumni.

Rodrick Patterson reflects on being a mentor to the youth

Being a role model is something that Rodrick Patterson has learned to embrace over the course of his time at Alcorn State University. As he prepared to receive a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at Alcorn’s 2017 Fall Commencement Friday, Dec. 8, he reflected on his days of spreading awareness to the younger generation.

“As a student leader and member of the military, I have to set a good example for others,” said Patterson. “I am committed to today’s youth. My goal is to encourage other young boys and girls to be successful. All youth need inspiration, and my role is to inspire them to chase their dreams.”

Diashinae Cato quickly reaches the pinnacle of her undergraduate education

Diashinae Cato is built to succeed at a rapid pace.

Prior to making her way to Alcorn State University, the Dallas, Texas native attended Cedar Hill Collegiate High School, where she not only earned a high school diploma, but also earned an associates degree in the process. On Friday, Dec. 8, the 20-year-old earned a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-medicine during the university’s 2017 Fall Commencement in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. When speaking about her effort to graduate early, Cato credited her focus as one of the driving forces for her early educational success.

Kellie McDonald credits Alcorn for her evolution

College life can be the most amazing time in a young adult’s life, but it can also present obstacles that will test the individual’s will to carry on. Luckily for Kellie McDonald, she was able to find the strength to succeed.

“My four years of college were awesome,” said McDonald. “There were challenges, but I was able to persevere and make it to the finish line.”

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