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Southern Miss News Monday, May 13, 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 a news release about the University's Spring Commencement ceremonies and a special coverage opportunity regarding a USM polymer science doctoral student who is working in collaboration with NASA on materials that are scheduled for transport to the International Space Station.

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.

Today's Top Story

USM Holds Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies

Last week, University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) spring 2019 graduates moved their commencement cap tassels to the left and then walked right into a future full of possibility and opportunity, where they can use their newly-earned education and experiences from their alma mater to succeed.

Four spring commencement ceremonies were held, including the inaugural Graduate School graduation on USM's Hattiesburg campus Thursday, May 9 at Reed Green Coliseum; two on Friday, May 10 for undergraduates at the Hattiesburg campus, also held at Reed Green Coliseum; and one on Saturday, May 11 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for undergraduate and graduate students at USM's Gulf Park Campus and Gulf Coast teaching and research sites.

Special Coverage Opportunity

USM polymer science doctoral student Witold Fuchs has been working on new materials in collaboration with NASA, and some of these materials are scheduled to go up for testing on the International Space Station. Fuchs will be available to discuss his research efforts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center (Room 343). To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold.

Did You Know?

USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. 

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 CarnegieClassification 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