Numerous area residents received their high school equivalency diplomas at the semi-annual GED Graduation held Jan. 24 at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was guest speaker for the special ceremony, held in Huff Auditorium.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart awarded diplomas to the 33 graduates. Other program participants representing the College included Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth of Lake, Vice President for Instruction Dr. Teresa Houston, music instructor Len Bobo and Adult Basic Education/GED instructor Bryan Burt.

Graduates Ashly Thompson of Forest and Johnathon Scott of Carthage also participated in the program and provided testimonials.

Other graduates and their respective hometowns included Perry Randall Logan, Paulding; Ree Kinslow and Deanna Webb, both of Carthage; Yolanda Renee Ruffin and Ashley Nicole Thomas, both of Lena; Benjamin Ferguson, Skylor Matthew Hines, Samantha M. Abel, Daniel Dywayne Fincher, Zach Holmes and Catina McFee, all of Union; Alicia Oliver, Odalys Portell, Destiny Lashay Threet and Morris W. Willis, Jr. all of Philadelphia; Terri Lynn Aycox and Gillis Ray Duett, both of Decatur;

Hannah Grace Robinson, Newton; Austin Jay Rowell, Lake; Michael D. Smith, Hickory; Samantha Bennett Thompson, Conehatta; Clarance L. Crimm, Kerry Ingle, Da'Marcus M. Lofton, Brittney Nicole Slack and Erica Denise Spivey, all of Forest; Corey Ray Sistrunk and Melinda Sistrunk, both of Pulaski; and Lajordan Tra Coleman, Candi Watkins, Chelsie Watkins and Katelyn Maree Woodard, all of Louisville.

East Central offers free Adult Basic Education/GED-Preparation classes throughout the five-county district.

For more information, contact Ryan Clarke, program director, 601-635-6387 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 387. His e-mail address is