Inaugural Events

President Rodney D. Bennett and the University community thank you for your participation in the Inaugural events on May 1 and May 2, 2014.


Gulf Coast Celebration

A community and campus reception

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • 4-6 p.m., with brief remarks at 5:30
  • Hardy Hall Ballroom
  • Long Beach, Miss.

Free and open to the public.

View photos of the Gulf Coast Celebration here.

Ecumenical Service of Blessing

  • Friday, May 2, 2014
  • 9:30 a.m. 
  • Rotunda, Lucas Administration Building (map)
  • Hattiesburg, Miss.

*By Invitation Only

Inaugural Luncheon

  • Friday, May 2, 2014
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Thad Cochran Center (map) Ballroom 
  • Hattiesburg, Miss.

*By Invitation Only

Inauguration of Rodney D. Bennett

Tenth President of the University

  • Friday, May 2, 2014
  • 2 p.m.
  • Bennett Auditorium (map)
  • Hattiesburg, Miss.

Watch the Inauguration ceremony here.

Read Dr. Bennett's Inaugural address here.

View photos from the Hattiesburg events here