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Education Dean Cindy Melton Addresses Mississippi College Graduation in December

MC Education Dean Cindy Melton

Mississippi College’s School of Education Dean, Cindy Melton will serve as the guest speaker at MC’s December 15 commencement.

Ceremonies that Friday are set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Clinton campus.

After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Mississippi College, Melton followed her calling into teaching.

The Mississippian taught at the elementary, middle and junior high levels at schools in Utica and Clinton. Named the Outstanding Young Professor of the Year at her alma mater in 2005, Melton later became the chair of the university’s Department of Teacher Education and Leadership.

The Batesville, Mississippi native has served as MC education dean following the retirement of longtime leader Don Locke of Clinton nearly two years ago.

Melton earned her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Mississippi. She and her husband, Derek Melton, a staff member in healthcare technology at St. Dominic’s Hospital, are the parents of two children. Their son, Cameron, 14, is a Clinton High 9th grader. Their daughter, Caeley, 12, is a Clinton Junior High student.

Community service is a huge part of Cindy’s life. She serves as a leader with the Pinelake Church Clinton Children’s Ministry. She’s an advocate for children with special needs across the Magnolia State. Cindy serves as president-elect of the Mississippi Association for the Council on Teacher Education. At MC, she’s the sponsor of the Nenamoosha Social Tribe and Kappa Delta Pi.

Dr. Melton joined the Mississippi College faculty in 2001.

Earlier in the day, MC School of Nursing Dean Kimberly Sharp will address about 50 nursing grads at commencement ceremonies in Swor Auditorium. The graduation begins at 11 a.m. that Friday.