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Alcorn State planning a virtual commencement

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Alcorn University is planning a virtual commencement for graduates this year instead of the traditional walk to accept diplomas.

It’s a necessary step due to COVID-19 restrictions on group events. Still, Alcorn’s leaders know how important the ceremony is.

“It’s a magical time,” said Larry Orman, vice president of marketing and communications at Alcorn, adding, “It’s important to mark the occasion.”

The virtual commence is planned for the same day and time as originally planned: Saturday, May 2, starting at 9 a.m.

Alcorn is still finalizing its plans at this point; however, there are a few details on its website.

“The class of 2020 has quite literally done what few classes have before,” wrote the Office of the Provost on the Alcorn website. “While COVID-19 paused your country, you did not allow it to stop your progress. You have overcome enormous obstacles, persevered in the face of this incredible challenge, and graduated — heads held high and spirits unbowed.

“In the truest tradition of Alcorn, we refused to let your day go past without recognizing your accomplishment,” the post added. “Our challenge was to celebrate with you in a way that was true to our tradition, true to your generation, and true to the challenges that we faced this semester with you. Inspired by your efforts and sacrifice over the past few weeks, we chose to meet you in a ‘Virtual Commencement.’”

Here is what you can expect:

You will be able to stream the commencement and the presentation and conferral of your degrees starting at 9 a.m. CST May 2, 2020, from the campus website.

Approximately six to eight weeks later you will receive the official recognition of your graduation “ASU Grad Pack”

    • Diploma and Cover
    • ASU Stole
    • Honor Cords
    • Commencement Program
    • An official transcript
    • Commemorative USB Key
    • eProgram
    • Virtual Commencement Video
    • Letter from President Felecia M. Nave
    • A special keepsake from your ASU family and President Nave
    • An opportunity to participate in a future commencement, as soon as we can safely plan an event for our campus

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional details on the ceremony as we receive them from Alcorn.

COVID-19

Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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