Meridian, Miss. Meridian Community College kicked off its homecoming week by inducting five outstanding alumni into the MCC Hall of Fame.
The inductees are Kim Benton, Kathy Brookshire, Dustin Markham, Joe McCraney and Mark Porter.
MCC president, Dr. Scott Elliott, says it's a highlight every year to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves both personally and professionally.
"We started this program some years ago because we thought we needed to do more, just to, again, remember, what has gone forth, and to preserve that heritage for the college," said Elliott.
"It's just great, I think, that they would recognize me, of the number of students that have come through here," said Dustin Markham, now an attorney and Meridian city councilman. "It's a great honor; it's a pleasure."
"I love MCC with all my heart," said Kathy Brookshire, a former elementary school teacher and now vice-president of development for the MCC Foundation. "It's the place that gave me the start that made the difference in my life. And I believe in MCC, so I am honored beyond words."
MCC also inducted four people who have logged thirty years of service to the college into the Talon Club. They are Tommy Dulaney, Ralph Young, Rita McClure and the late J.T. Brazil.