University of Southern Mississippi celebrates 113 years

The University of Southern Mississippi is marking the 113th anniversary of its founding.

The university was charted on March 30th, 1910 by legislative act. Originally being named Mississippi Normal College, the school was created to train teachers for the public schools in the state.

Celebrations for the day include the annual student awards ceremony as well as the swearing in of the Student Government Association executive officers.

University President Dr. Joe Paul looks forward to this event each year because it brings honor to several deserving student leaders. “Founders’ Day is one of the significant days in our school year, and for years for me, honoring our students at awards day has been a highlight. Commencement, awards day, and the first day of move in for freshman are my three favorite times. So, it’s a beautiful day today and it’s a great day to be a Golden Eagle.”

Who’s Who Recipient Hailey Talley said, “As I look back on these last four years, I just can’t help but be thankful for the friendships and just all that Southern Miss has prepared me for as I go forward, and I think today is just a celebration of what Southern Miss means to all of these students around me.”

Hall of Fame and Who’s Who Recipient Cynahmon Lee said, “It’s kind of like my hard work paying off…like it’s an accumulation of my four years here. Being involved in many organizations, it’s basically the university’s way of giving back to me, and I’m happy to have left my mark here for the remainder of you know, forever!”

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