May 24, 2019  

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USM Veterans Center Announces Honor Corps for Spring Semester

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Honors Corps honorees pictured left to right: Gary Crispell, Joshua Lange, and Douglas Clark.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families awarded “Honors Corps” status to 620 military students who demonstrated exceptional academic achievements for the spring 2018 semester.

The USM “Honor Corps” was established by the USM Veterans Center as a way to recognize “military students” who, while enrolled at USM, demonstrate exceptional academic accomplishment.  All undergraduate and graduate military students are eligible for “Honor Corps” recognition based on full-time good standing enrollment combined with exceptional academic performance.

“We are proud of our military students’ academic achievement and drive to succeed in preparing for a professional future,” said Maj. Gen. (US Army ret.) Jeff Hammond, who serves as the center director.  “The USM ‘Honor Corps’ reflects our best and brightest, and we eagerly look forward to working together with the South Mississippi community in supporting their respective professional futures.”   

Hammond notes that the USM “Honor Corps” categories were developed based on existing Military Service values.  Many people recognize what the words Duty, Commitment, Integrity, Selfless Service and Personal Courage embody.  However, “military students” most often come from a background where they lived such values in-detail, each and every day whether on the job or off…and continue to do so since departure from military service. 

In this regard, the following levels of “Values-based” achievement categories relating to cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA) were established to guide the USM “Honor Corps” program:   

“Personal Courage” (3.00 to 3.24 GPA)

“Selfless Service” (3.25 to 3.49 GPS)

“Integrity” (3.50 to 3.74 GPS)

“Commitment” (3.75 to 3.99 GPA)

“Duty” (4.0 GPA)

Through hard work and dedication to purpose throughout the academic year, a total of 51 USM Military Students earned and/or maintained a perfect cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.0 GPA to earn “Duty” status. An additional 138 Military Students achieved “Commitment” status in reaching a cumulative GPA of 3.75 (or better). 

Another 134 Military Students earned “Integrity” status by achieving a 3.50 GPA (or better) whereas 138 others have been designated at the “Selfless Service” level by virtue of attaining a cumulative GPA at 3.25 or better.  The “Personal Courage” level was earned by 159 Military Students in reaching/maintaining a GPA of 3.00 or better.

For more information about the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families, call 601.264.4629 or visit: