If you’re an adult who would like to go back to college but you’re afraid to, perhaps you should read the obituary of a lady The Clarion-Ledger, including on Aug. 26, the day I read it.
I’m in the habit of looking over the obituaries almost every day. I’ve gotten to the age, ahem, when I might know someone.
I don’t know Dr. L.C. Dorsey or her family at all. But her obituary caught my eye.
She was born in 1938. She left high school in her senior year “to become a wife and mother of six children.” In 1968, at the age of 30, she returned to school and received a GED, which is a high school equivalency certificate. But as the title of her obituary implies, she didn’t stop there.
Dr. Dorsey received a master’s degree in social work, a certificate in Health Management from John Hopkins University and a doctorate in Social Work from Howard University.
“She also studied in Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, India, Russia and South Africa,” it says.
She left behind six children, seven grandchildren, one great-grandson. Her family requests memorial gifts to be made to Tougaloo College, “which she loved dearly.”
I googled Dr. Dorsey and found a long and impressive career in public service in Mississippi. I won’t detail all that here. You can do the same and find what I found.
But if you’re on the fence about whether it’s “too late” to go back to school and get your GED, or “too late” to enroll in Hinds Community College and work on your associate degree, or “too late” to enroll in that bachelor’s or graduate program, just think about this: Every year you have a birthday. Every year you’re another year older. Those birthdays keep on coming, no matter what is going on in your life. Would you rather have your next birthday with another year wasted and no progress made? Or would you rather have that birthday come with the realization you are in the process of completing an educational goal on your bucket list?
I have a birthday coming up, one of those scary landmark ones that make you realize that time is marching on. Today, Aug. 26, is also the first day of my first class in the master’s program I enrolled in. I won’t lie – I’m nervous. But if Dr. Dorsey can do it, so can I.
If you’re interested in enrolling in Hinds and getting started, second eight-week classes begin on Oct. 15.
To get started, go to our website at www.hindscc.edu.
If you're graduating this semester, congratulations! You've completed the course work for your Associate's Degree at Hinds Community College and are ready for graduation! Listed below are a few important details you'll need to know for your big day! If you aren't graduating this semester, don't worry; you can still participate in graduation festivities (scroll down to find out how)!
Fall 2012 Graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, December 13th & Friday, December 14th in Hogg Auditorium of Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. Graduation has been divided into 4 ceremonies. Find out which ceremony you'll be participating in as well as information about your graduation speaker by viewing the schedule posted below:
Thursday, December 13, 2012
PN, MLT, DAT, ST Ceremony - 10:00 am
Associate Degree Nursing Ceremony - 2:00 pm
Graduation Speaker: Dr. David Parks
Friday, December 14, 2012
A-K Academic and Career/Technical Ceremony - 10:00 am
L-Z Academic and Career/Technical Ceremony - 2:00 pm
Graduation Speaker: Dr. Mae Cathryne Jackson
Have family and friends who can't attend the ceremony? No problem! All graduation ceremonies will be streamed via live webcast.
Now that ceremony details have been covered, Hinds CC wants everybody to know about another way they can participate in graduation. When updating social media (e.g. posting a status on Facebook, tweeting via Twitter and/or uploading images to Instagram), be sure to include Hinds CC's Graduation hashtag, "#hindsgrad", somewhere in the post. Using this hashtag will allow Hinds CC to view, organize and share everybody's graduation experiences within Hinds CC and its extented family.
Hinds CC has set up a Fall 2012 Graduation Storify page that will be used as a place to experience graduation as it happens. This page will be updated with graduation related social media content before, during and after each ceremony. Curious to see what this page will look like? Check out Hinds CC's Summer 2012 Graduation Storify page to experience what graduation this past summer was like! After you have explored this page, feel free to encourage family and friends to include the #hindsgrad hashtag when updating social media so their content can be also added to Hinds CC's Storify page.
We're excited about Fall 2012 graduation and can't wait for everybody to be a part of this special occasion! Congratulations Class of 2012!