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Southern Miss News – Thursday, December 6, 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 includes a reminder that the University will celebrate is 2018 Fall Commencement on Friday. News releases include USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Securing Signing an International Training Agreement in advance of the 2022 World Cup, and psychology undergraduate students receiving funds to attend a national conference.

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

Special Coverage Opportunity

USM Fall Commencement Set for Friday

The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Fall 2018 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 7 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.

News Releases

USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Signs International Training Agreement in Advance of 2022 World Cup

During the Milipol Qatar 2018 Exhibition on October 29-31, 2018, the The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and INTERPOL, signed a training cooperation agreement with the State of Qatar, represented by the Security Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will take place in Qatar beginning November 21 and attract approximately 1.4 million visitors including 32 nations, and will take place over 64 games within 8 different stadiums.

Psychology Undergraduates Receive Funding to Attend National Conference

Two University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology students will attend a national conference in the spring with support from the school’s Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research.

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Did You Know?

Through our 52-acre beachfront campus in Long Beach, Mississippi, USM serves as the only four-year public institution located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 50 distinct academic fields. The Gulf Park campus is also home to the state’s only bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering and the only film studies pathway offered at a public institution in the state. 

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