February 19, 2018  

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University of Southern Mississippi Military & Veteran Honor Cords

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The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a symbolic new initiative honoring our graduating Veterans and military students. 

Red, white and blue honor cords will be made available to any graduating Veteran, Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve Component Service Member or Army/Air Force ROTC commissioned students who would like to wear them during the Spring Commencement ceremonies later this week.

These cords will also be made available for Military & Veteran faculty dressing for commencement, and they signify the appreciation the Southern Miss Family feels towards our Veterans and the military community for their service and sacrifice.

“The University of Southern Mississippi is honored to recognize the degree completion of our military and veteran students as well as faculty and staff who have served or are currently serving our country,” said President Rodney D. Bennett. “Our institution is grateful to all men and women who protect the cause of freedom on behalf of the people of the United States of America, and we salute their honorable commitment.” 

Commencements are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at the Hattiesburg campus and 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Students, faculty, and staff interested in wearing a Military & Veteran Honor Cord during Commencement should contact Jeff Hammond in the Military & Veterans Student Affairs Office for information on how to apply to receive an honor cord. He can be reached via telephone at 601-266-4058 or via email at jeff.hammond@usm.edu.