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Alumni Association Gifts May 2020 Graduates with Membership

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 08:29am | By: Nicole Ruhnke

The Southern Miss Alumni Association is pleased to announce all May 2020 graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi will receive a complimentary annual membership in the Association.

On March 30, 2020, The University announced plans to postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to Covid-19.

“The Alumni Association acknowledges the true Southern Miss spirit exhibited by this class of graduates, and we are excited to celebrate not only their achievements, but also the determination with which they earned it, with a complimentary one-year membership to our organization,” said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Alumni Association.

Throughout this week, which would have originally been the students’ last week on campus, the Association will highlight graduates across its social media platforms, host giveaways and provide additional gifts to graduates. Graduates who have already purchased or been gifted a membership in the Association will receive an additional one-year extension.

“Membership in the Alumni Association is the easiest way to for alumni to remain connected to the University,” added DeFatta. “Members receive invitations to regional events hosted by Alumni HUBs; communication pieces such as the Association’s quarterly magazine, The Talon; and exclusive access to various campus events. Ensuring the May 2020 graduates these benefits is a meaningful way for our organization to honor their Southern Miss experience and welcome them into the alumni family.”

May 2020 graduates may visit to activate their membership and explore all Association resources. For additional information, graduates may reach out to the Alumni Association by emailing