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Southern Miss News – Friday, December 7, 2018

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Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today’s message include a news release about the USM School of Psychology Program earning a prestigious credential. In addition, media are reminded that USM celebrates its Fall 2018 Commencement today with two ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or

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USM School Psychology Program Earns Prestigious Credential

Graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School Psychology program can now pursue the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designation, after the program’s coursework met the approval of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in fulfilling its criteria for Verified Course Sequence (VCS) status.

The BACB is responsible for the national certification of behavior analysts (i.e., board certified behavior analysts; BCBAs). It creates standards for certification, including specific content to be covered in relevant coursework and standards for supervised practice.

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The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Fall 2018 Commencement ceremonies today at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg. This will include candidates for graduation from the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Degrees will be awarded at the following times:

-9 a.m. – College of Arts & Sciences and College of Nursing & Health Professions

-3 p.m. – College of Business & Economic Development and College of Education & Human Sciences

To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

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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 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, 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 21 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