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MSU-Meridian holds Fall Commencement Ceremony

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Mississippi State University-Meridian held their Fall 2020 Commencement Ceremony today at the MSU Riley Center. Due to COVID-19, the spring graduates of 2020 were also welcome to participate in this celebration. MSU-Meridian graduates were able to experience the thrill of walking to receive their degree. In addition to serving his country, one graduate says this is a day he has longed for.

“I feel proud to get this achievement done since I am an older student,” said Bachelor of History graduate Matthew Jackson. “It’s kind of important to go through this ceremony and be able to get this right of passage done. So I feel pretty proud to get this done in the fall.”

Keeping a close eye on protection, the graduation was enforced with safety rules to benefit those in participation. Of course masks were required and social distancing was met.

“We have limited our crowd size; actually only about a third of our capacity will be met at the Riley Center,” said Associate Vice President and Head of Campus Dr. Terry Dale Cruse. “We’re doing all things recommended by the CDC and state officials to ensure it is safe and also celebrate these outstanding accomplishments of our graduates.”

President Dr. Mark Keenum addressed the graduates, encouraging them to value their education and continue to soar after leaving the university.

“Work is very important for your life,” said Keenum. “Your successes you aspire to achieve in your life,in your career--you’re going to have to work for them and work very hard, but not just work hard, but do your very best.”

The graduation ceremony was live streamed on the MSU website and Facebook for those who wish to view it.

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