by Hunter Dawkins

Friday evening at The Great Southern Club in Gulfport marked the annual graduation ceremony for the 5-year Apprenticeship Program to become certified journey wireman from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 903 training, based in Gulfport and Hattiesburg.

“The day you stop learning is the day you’re  six feet under,” said David Quave, a wireman instructor.  Quave, a certified instructor for 45 years, officially announced his retirement during the graduation ceremony.

IBEW 903 President and Kiln-DeLisle Resident Kermie Ladner stressed the “importance” for the graduates to return and help some of the younger generation.  “Remember those that helped you get where you are and if you ever need anything, come on by the Hall.”

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Chairman Warren Saucier presented Brian Cuevas with the Outstanding Apprentice Plaque and his name was placed into the IBEW 903 flag at the Union Hall in Gulfport.

There were 25 graduates, who are now approved by the U.S. Department of Labor to become journey electric wireman.