May 24, 2018  

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Hundreds of USM Students to Wear Pathway Cords for Spring Commencement

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USM students who wear Pathway cords at commencement must have participated in a meaningful pathway experience related to their career goals.

More than 500 students will be wearing special Pathway cords when The University of Southern Mississippi holds its Spring 2018 Commencement on Friday, May 11 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Pathway Cord Program is administered by the Center for Pathway Experiences as part of the University Quality Enhancement Plan, Eagles Engaged. The cords represent completion of a pathway experience, such as an internship or fieldwork, and reflection and evaluation of that experience. 

“We are excited to know that so many of our students are participating in pathway experiences outside of the classroom,” said Lisa Stevens, Director of the Center for Pathway Experiences at USM.

The qualifying students must have participated in a meaningful pathway experience related to their career goals and completed the Reflection and Evaluation on the center’s website. The Cord Recognition Program is available to all undergraduate students in all disciplines, whether an internship is required or not for graduation.

Stevens notes that the Reflection and Evaluation form gives students a chance to truly reflect upon their experience and begin to articulate the career competencies developed during their time in the “real world.” Additionally, this reflection should help students better communicate “their story” during interviews, with cover letters and such.

“Bottom line is that participating in a pathway experience such as an internship, research, field work, etc. helps students confirm they are in the right major or helps in assessing what other careers might be available for their major,” said Stevens.

The Center for Pathway Experiences is located in McLemore Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. To learn more about scholarships and programs, call 601.266.4153 or visit: www.usm.edu/pathways.