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Southern Miss News Friday, May 10, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Today's message includes coverage opportunities for USM's Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies in Hattiesburg and the Gulf Coast. In addition, news releases include a recap of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program's annual state competition and USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering hosted this year's Southern Association of Marine Laboratories' annual meeting.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnoldFREEMississippi or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Special Coverage Opportunities

USM Set to Hold Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate its Spring 2019 Commencement today and continuing through Saturday. The schedule is as follows:

Today, May 10, 2019 (Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg)

-9 a.m. ceremony – Colleges of Arts and Sciences & College of Nursing and Health Professions (Undergraduate degree candidates)

-2 p.m. ceremony – Colleges of Business and Economic Development & College of Education and Human Sciences (Undergraduate degree candidates

Saturday, May 11, 2019 (Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi)

-10 a.m. ceremony – Gulf Park (All degree candidates from all Colleges)

News Releases

Southern Entrepreneurship Program Crowns State Competition Winners

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wrapped up another successful year with the 12th Annual SEP State Competition held May 8 at the Trent Lott Center on the University's Hattiesburg campus. Each year, the SEP program begins with between 500 and 700 students from high schools across the state.

USM Hosts Annual Southern Association of Marine Laboratories Meeting in Ocean Springs

The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering hosted this year's Southern Association of Marine Laboratories' annual meeting May 5-6 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs. GCRL played host to the first ever SAML annual meeting in Dec. 1985 where then-acting GCRL Director Dr. Harold Howse was elected as the association's founding president.

Did You Know?

USM offers the only ocean engineering degree in Mississippi, providing students with a pathway to careers in shipbuilding, maritime industry, offshore exploration, environmental monitoring, and port operations, as well as with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit