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May 24, 2007

Graduation ceremonies set Friday for Mississippi Schools for Blind and Deaf

From: Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson,MS - May 24, 2007

By Andy Kanengiser

Graduation will be Friday afternoon for the Mississippi School for the Blind in Jackson.

There will be 12 students graduating, one of the largest to graduate in recent years.

“Several have gotten scholarships,” including scholarships to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, Millsaps College and Alcorn State University, said curriculum coordinator Margie Owens.

The event is 1 p.m. in the Mississippi School for the Blind/Mississippi School for the Deaf auditorium on the campus at 1252 Eastover Drive.

Founded in 1848, the school enrolls about 70 to 80 students on the Jackson campus and another 50 students in a pre-school program in the home.

The featured speaker is contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Ginny Owens, 32, a 1993 graduate of the school and 1997 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville.

Mississippi Superintendent of Education Hank Bounds will present graduating seniors with diplomas.

Graduation also will be Friday morning for the Mississippi School for the Deaf beginning at 10 a.m. in the campus auditorium.

There will be 17 students participating in the ceremony to receive certificates or diplomas.

©2007 The Clarion-Ledger