Meridian Spring Commencement Exercises Move Online

Spring commencement is moving online this year for Mississippi State students, a decision made by the university so that graduates can get recognition for their hard work.  
"Many of our graduating students have expressed that some type of recognition is important. As we have all experienced over the past couple of months, engagement through technology gives us a chance to come together and give these graduates kudos for not only their accomplishments, but their adaptation and perseverance," said David Shaw, MSU provost and executive vice president.  
The online ceremonies will be broadcast Friday [May 1] at 2 p.m. CDT, and MSU President Mark E. Keenum will confer degrees and address the new graduates.  
Shaw said he feels that holding the ceremonies online "can continue in the same sense of spirit and drive that everyone has had throughout the transition to online learning."  
Baccalaureate and master's degree candidates may purchase regalia at a special rate that is commensurate with the usual rental rates.

Regalia will be mailed to those who decide to purchase it, and graduates can bring their regalia to the Meridian Campus in the fall to have their pictures taken. A reception will be scheduled in August at which Meridian graduates will be congratulated by faculty and take photographs. Students planning to order regalia are urged to do so as quickly as possible.  Also, graduates can participate in the traditional December graduation ceremonies with their regalia if they wish.  Our Student Services Office will reach out with more details and the process to sign up for December Commencement.
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