University of Mississippi

163rd Commencement

The University of Mississippi presented degrees to more than 4,000 students May 14 at its 163rd Commencement. The main ceremony took place in the Grove and featured renowned broadcast news anchor Tom Brokaw as speaker. The College of Liberal Arts and individual school ceremonies followed and were held at various campus locations throughout the day. See our latest Kudos



Tom Brokaw
Challenges Graduates

Tom Brokaw, best known as the longtime anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” gave the university’s 163rd Commencement’s main address May 14 in the Grove. He reminded the 4,000-plus graduates that though social media is a big part of their lives, many experiences transcend anything that comes from inside an iPhone.

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Here’s to New Beginnings

Shelby Sansone, who just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and will be working at Fox 13 in Memphis as a multimedia journalist, shares her thoughts on her experience interning with University Communications while at Ole Miss.

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Community Enrichment

Ten Little Indians, a collection of poignant and emotionally resonant stories of Native Americans at cultural and personal crossroads, has been chosen for the 2016 Common Reading Experience at the University of Mississippi. All incoming freshmen and transfer students will get copies of the Sherman Alexie book with instructions to read it before the fall semester begins. The text will be used during classes for discussion, and faculty and staff are also encouraged to read the book in an effort to enrich the sense of community.

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Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon

More than 200 participants registered for the 11th annual Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon, hosted by the University of Mississippi Department of Campus Recreation on April 3. Each participant completed a 440-meter swim at the Turner Center natatorium, a 22-kilometer bike ride through the Ole Miss campus and Oxford, and a 5.5K run through campus.

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Science Project

University of Mississippi leaders are working with the Mississippi Legislature to secure up to $40 million over four years toward the cost of a new $138 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics building, which will be part of the university’s newly created Science District. The goal is to have the 200,000-square-foot building completed by fall 2018. The project has been underway since the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation’s $25 million donation to the project was announced last fall.

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The Big Event

About 1,500 University of Mississippi students volunteered April 2 for the sixth annual Big Event, taking on service projects at around 150 sites in the local community.

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