From May 8-19 for hours on end, brothers Thomas Hart and Clinton Hart sat listening to individual recognition ceremonies for 46 seniors who were able to attend. Seniors were invited to bring their immediate family to Lampton Auditorium every hour for an individual recognition ceremony and graduation walk across the stage. Footage of the speeches and senior walks were recorded and pieced together in a virtual ceremony for the Class of 2020. The brothers did this as the day of their own graduations at Hinds Community College came and went. They received their Associates Degrees in Film at Hinds Community College this May.
The Hart Boys, as affectionately called by staff at MSA, were in the first class of media arts offered at MSA. “They are both quietly brilliant,” said Suzanne Hirsch, Executive Director “When we were looking at how this ceremony could be captured and serve our families the best, they were the first people to come to mind. Who better to capture such a special moment for our students than our alumni with a connection to our campus?”
While at MSA, their work won awards in the Mississippi High School Film Festival. They composed music and made beautiful films that are still examples for current students and available to view on the school YouTube channel. They went on to be active in media and sound while enrolled in their college courses. Clinton works with a production company to do sound for concerts in the region. Thomas has worked for Hurst Review in Brookhaven assisting with editing their training videos. They have also worked for the Brookhaven Little Theatre. COVID-19 has caused Thomas and Clinton to pause in their endeavors to figure out what’s next, so the work came at the right time for them.
The virtual ceremony captures the beauty of the historic campus, students’ emotions, and the alma mater in a way that MSA will cherish for years to come. To view the ceremony, visit the MSA website home page www.msabrookhaven.org (direct link).