Southern Miss to hold united Spring commencement

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - In 2010 the University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its legislative founding. In celebration of this historic event, the university's executive cabinet has approved plans to hold one, united commencement ceremony for students from all locations next May.

Spring commencement ceremonies are slated for 9 a.m., Saturday, May 15, 2010, in M.M. Roberts Stadium on the Hattiesburg campus. Detailed plans for the May 2010 ceremony and related events are still being finalized, including securing a prominent keynote speaker.

Planning is also underway by various colleges and departments to include separate, complementary events for students and their families.

"Plans have been in the works for some time to distinguish the May ceremony in observance of our Centennial Celebration," said Provost Bob Lyman. "We'll have only one opportunity to celebrate our Centennial and by bringing everyone together, we hope to make it an historic event for graduates and their families."

University officials expect about 1,600 candidates for graduation to participate from all colleges and both campuses.

The university typically holds two May ceremonies in Hattiesburg and one on the Gulf Coast while December graduates normally participate in one Hattiesburg ceremony. A Gulf Coast graduation ceremony will return to the schedule in May 2011.

Students who have questions on eligibility and graduation deadlines should contact the following offices:

Hattiesburg Registrar: (601) 266-5006, (601) 266-5006 or

Gulf Coast Student Services: (228) 865-4565, (228) 865-4565 or

Graduate School: (601) 266-4369, (601) 266-4369 or

For more information on Southern Miss Centennial activities contact the Centennial Celebration office at (601) 266-4095, (601) 266-4095 or

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