At Awards Day, the two top students leading Coahoma’s 2019 graduating class were announced.
Kymbranecia Richard was named the valedictorian and Cre’Shaundra Williams, the salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class. This year’s class is headed by two graduates of Gentry High.
Richard, a native of Indianola, Miss., was heavily involved in extracurricular activities as a CCC Tiger and held various leadership positions. She served as the Activities Chairperson for the Student Government Association and a captain for the cheerleading squad. Richard was a resident assistant for campus dormitories and a member of the Honors College.
A Computer Information Systems/Business major who graduated No. 10 in her high school class, Richard has completed her studies at Coahoma with a 3.91 GPA.
She is ecstatic to have reached the accomplishments she envisioned at the start of her journey at Coahoma.
“While attending Coahoma Community College, there were many goals that I set for myself,” said Richard. “After a while, all of my goals were achieved.”
Richard is most driven by an inspirational Michael Phelps quote: “I think goals should never be easy; they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
Through persistence and determination, Richard made sure to accomplish every goal. She was intentional about working toward academic excellence during both her freshman and sophomore years.
“I push myself to go above and beyond with everything I do,” she said.
After graduation, Richard plans to continue her studies in business at Delta State University in hopes of becoming a business analyst.
For Cre’Shaundra Williams, holding the title of salutatorian is nothing new.
“I graduated as Salutatorian of my high school class and I am proud to say I will be graduating as Coahoma Community College’s Class of 2019 Salutatorian,” said Williams.
Williams, a native of Moorhead, Miss., also worked as a resident assistant while studying at CCC and was inducted into the Alpha Omicron Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. An accounting major at Coahoma, she has achieved a 3.90 GPA.
Although a familiar achievement, attaining such a high level of success in college seems like a dream.
“It feels so surreal to be ranked No. 2 in my graduating class,” Williams said. “I did not expect this at all.”
She credits her ‘village’ for being supportive in helping her make a smooth transition into college.
“My parents have done so much for me, so I am truly ecstatic that I have been able to make them proud once again,” she said.
“My educational experience here has been nothing short of amazing,” she expressed, adding that her instructors have exceeded their responsibilities to educate her on the things she needed to know and more.
She also thanks CCC staff members for guidance.
Williams is the daughter of Robert and Lashaunda Williams. She is currently a junior majoring in marketing at Delta State University.
She draws much inspiration from a Lupita Nyong’o quote: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
“I have learned to manage my time to get everything done,” Williams said. “I don’t know everything, so I have learned to listen to others because I know that I can learn something from everyone. Those two things have helped me get to where I am now.”
Coahoma’s 67th Commencement exercises are slated for Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle.
President of Tennessee State University and international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated Glenda Glover, Ph. D., will give the keynote address.