Meridian Community College student Telesia Loyd, 46, of Meridian, takes a closer look at her mortar board in preparation for Friday’s commencement. Loyd is receiving her associate of applied science degree in Early Childhood Education Technology. Currently employed in a childcare center, Loyd said she pursued her degree to be more productive in the classroom and to learn more about children and their social and mental development. She admits coming back to school was “a challenge but it was worth it. I completed it. I achieved my goal.” MCC commencement is set to begin at 3 p.m. in the Temple Theater, Downtown Meridian.