Tamera Jones has no doubt: Prom was the best time of her life.

Fortunately for Jones, she had an opportunity to share the prom experience with her friends and classmates at Senatobia High School prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent years, though, students across the world have missed chances to have an evening filled with fun and dancing and to mark the end to their high school careers.

Now current Mississippi University for Women students who missed out have a second chance with the Second Chance Prom from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb. 17, in the Pope Banquet Hall.

Jones, who is the student director of the Student Programming Board partnered with the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Young Black Leadership Association, I.D.E.A.L. Women and Queer Space to create an event she knows will be a hit.

“Prom, for me, was the best time because I was able to attend it with my friends and dance all night,” said Jones, who graduated from Senatobia High in 2017. “We were all able to be together and have the time of our lives with one another making memories and having good safe fun.”

The Second Chance Prom is free for current students at The W. There will be music, food and fun. The prom court will be revealed at 9 p.m. 

Jones, who is in her second year serving as Student Programming Board director, also has served as the vice president of the Troubadour Social Club and Interclub Council and vice president of Social Club Recruitment. She also is a resident assistant at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and has worked as an RA at The W.

Jones said the Student Programming Board partnered with the other organizations because their input matters and they make a huge difference on campus, with their mission statements and goal to make The W a better place and a community. She said she and Second Chance Prom committee members Jazz Dawkins, Kayla Redmond, Kelsey Bolden, Le’Anada Roberts, Mackenzie Pearce, Santania Thompson, Shelby Wilson, Tera Dora, V Gammel and Maddy Anglin are going “all out” to create a prom experience that has everything, including a prom court.

“This allows someone from each classification to be recognized by their outstandingness here at The W,” Jones said. “We also will have a photobooth, with a 360 camera, food and DJ Flood G.

“I want to thank the committee members because they have put so much thought and effort to making this be as successful as possible.”

For questions, contact Tamera Jones at: tljones6@myapps.muw.edu or  (662)370-1453 or Amanda Williams at: aawilliams@muw.edu or (662) 329-7355.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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