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COVID-19 Response

New Vaccine Incentives for Students

July 29, 2021

Dear Golden Eagles,

We are so excited to have you back on campus this fall in classes, at athletic events, and at student activities. We have a full schedule of activities planned for you, including Golden Eagle Welcome Week, Homecoming Week, and a return to our campus traditions. The best way for you to stay healthy, stay connected, and stay in class this fall is by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. I urge you to do your part and get vaccinated for COVID-19 now, if you haven’t already done so. 

Fully vaccinated students are now eligible for incentives through a new vaccine incentive program! Beginning Friday, July 30, through Friday, October 15, weekly drawings will be held for the following incentives. Five names will be drawn EACH WEEK, one name for each of the following items.

  • Fall 2021 Semester Tuition (value of $4,602 each)
  • Dining Dollars (value of $1,000 each)
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore Book Voucher (value of $300 each)
  • Housing and Residence Life Room Credit (value of $2,000 each)
  • Parking Decal (value of $414 each)

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in classes for the Fall 2021 semester, and you must submit your completed, official COVID-19 vaccination record online at

Students who are selected through the weekly drawings will be notified of details by the Dean of Students office.  

USM students can schedule a vaccine appointment at Moffitt Health Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Schedule a vaccination appointment online or call Moffitt Health Center at 601-266-5390 today. To find a vaccine location in your current area, visit

Please join me in helping to provide a safe on-campus environment where we can all head To The Top – Together!       


Dee Dee Anderson
Vice President for Student Affairs