-- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be the speaker for spring
commencement exercises at The University of Southern Mississippi's
Hattiesburg campus May 14.
address graduates and their family and friends, along with Southern
Miss administrators, faculty, staff and other guests at two ceremonies
during the day, at 2:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
a privilege and an honor to participate in The University of Southern
Mississippi's commencement exercises," Barbour said. "Southern
Miss graduates have received a superlative education and are embarking
into the professional world, ready to use their talents. I want
to create a climate in Mississippi that attracts more and better
jobs for them, and I am extraordinarily hopeful as I think about
the strides they will make to better our state's future."
Yazoo City native, was elected governor last November. He received
his law degree from Ole Miss in 1973. In the mid-1980s, he served
as an adviser to President Ronald Reagan for two years as director
of the White House Office of Political Affairs.
From 1993 to
January 1997, Barbour served two terms as chairman of the Republican
National Committee. He served as one of only 10 members of then-Gov.
George W. Bush's National Presidential Exploratory Committee and
chaired Bush's Washington Campaign Advisory Committee in 2000.
and formerly served as chair and CEO of Barbour, Griffith and Rogers,
which Fortune magazine ranked as the nation's top lobbying firm.
Barbour and I both love Mississippi, and we also love the potential
Southern Miss graduates have to lead our state and nation to great
heights in the future," said Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby
Thames. "We're thrilled to have him speak at our commencement