- A Gulfport businessman and civic leader will be the keynote
speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast's spring
a veteran real estate executive, insurance agent and current Ward
7 city councilman for the city of Gulfport, will address graduates
at the May 15 ceremony, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the university's
campus in Long Beach.
Hewes is a credit to his community," said Southern Miss President
Dr. Shelby Thames. "He's a successful businessman and dedicated
public servant, someone who exemplifies great citizenship. I'm pleased
that he will be a part of our graduation ceremonies at our Gulf
Hewes, a native
of Gulfport, is a 1960 graduate of Southern Miss, where he was president
of both his junior and senior class. Upon graduating from Southern
Miss, he received the rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army
Transportation Corps through the Southern Miss ROTC program. He
retired from the military with the rank of captain at age 28.
He is a member
of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, the Southern Miss Honors
Club, and the Southern Miss Eagle Club. He was previously named
Gulfport's Outstanding Young Man by the Gulfport Jaycees, is a member
of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Hewes is also
a graduate of the Realtor Institute, a lifetime member of the Million
Dollar/Top Producer Club, and a member of the BancorpSouth Community
Advisory Board of Directors and the Orange Grove/Lyman Chamber of
an honor to be able to speak at this graduation ceremony,"
Hewes said, adding that he plans to talk to the graduates about
what's needed to succeed not only in their careers, but in life.
He said it
was the first graduation that he's been scheduled as a speaker since
making remarks during his own commencement exercises at Southern
to have the proper attitude, a strong desire to succeed, and be
able to work well with other people." Hewes said of the focus
of his message for the graduates. "Do the right thing at all
times, and be honest
those are the basic ingredients of success."