It's homecoming at Meridian Community College. The weeklong celebration officially kicked off Monday with the MCC Annual Homecoming/Alumni Reception, highlighted this year by the induction of five alumni into the college's Hall of Fame.
Officials say all have emerged as proven leaders in the community and state.
"They do represent what we want our students to be able to achieve once they leave here," said Quinn Carlisle, MCC's Dean of Student Services.
Inducted this year were Meridian public school Superintendent Sylvia Autry, State Sen. Videt Carmichael, Lauderdale County public school Superintendent David Little, Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie and Assistant District Attorney Veldore Young.
"They've been able to take those basic things they've learned," said Quinn. "That's what we're all about."
The newest MCC Hall of Famers seem similar in a number of ways. All five inductees place a great priority on education, enjoy what they do, and work hard and they each attributed a large part of their success to the support of family and friends.
But perhaps inductee David Little said it best when he said they share the same goal, the desire to leave the community a little better than they found it.