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Beating the Odds

Journey to Commencement: First-gen student Cellas Hayes seizes opportunities and sets sights on pharmacy doctorate


Coming from a single-parent household in a small, rural Mississippi town, the odds are that Cellas Hayes should not have graduated from high school, much less college.

The odds are that as a first-generation college student, Cellas cannot get a Ph.D.

The funny thing about odds, though, is that maybe they are meant to be beaten.

Click to read about Hayes, a biology major and a classics minor with a Latin emphasis, which is part of the “Journey to Commencement” series that highlights University of Mississippi students and their academic and personal journeys from college student to college graduate.

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