PRCC Middle College students prepare for graduation

Row of people standing and row of people sitting with Middle College cords around their necks

High school students graduating from Middle College at Pearl River Community College participated in a Cord Ceremony Monday night in the Dr. J. Cecil Burt Events Room at the Forrest County Campus.

Thirty-one students received their graduation cords and can also participate in PRCC’s graduation ceremony this Friday in Poplarville.

High school students were enrolled in high school and college courses at the same time.

“Middle College falls under the dual enrollment umbrella at Pearl River Community College,” said Dr. Karen Bond, PRCC’s Director of Dual Enrollment. “Beginning with the fall semester of their junior year, qualifying students take a full load (15 or 16 hours) of dual-credit classes at Pearl River. Then they can graduate from PRCC with an associate’s degree when they finish high school.”

She said high school qualified students from throughout the Pearl River district are either taking their classes online, on the PRCC campuses or at their high school from qualified teachers.

The 2022 Middle College graduates include:

Hattiesburg High School — Lakeria Bruce, Mason Cathey, Trinity Fountain, Zacharie Graham, Christianna Hubbard, Elvin Jackson, Rachel Johnson, Madison Maddox, Justin McCullum, Shania Moss, Alyssa Nunn, Adamari Posadas, SaMya Ruffin, Raynah Travis, Trinity Wilson.

Sumrall High School — McKenna Albert, Harrison Dye, Dylan Graves, Myles Tate, Caleigh Thompson, Shaelyn Touchstone.


One male and three female middle college students from Petal High School stand in front of Pearl River Wildcats backdrop

Petal High School — Danielle Duffield, Ariana Foley, Kinlea Robinson, Rachel Russell, Christopher Salguero.

Lumberton High School — Kaitlyn Hendrix, Elizabeth Lee.

Purvis High School — Michael Hedrick, Kamri McLendon.

Oak Grove High School — Norris Taylor.

Middle College students from Lamar County sit and stand


Students interested in more information can talk with their high school counselor or reach out to the Office of Dual Enrollment at

They must be entering their junior year of high school.

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Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.