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MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES INCREASE DEGREES AWARDED DURING SPRING CEREMONIES

5/1/2019 - Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi Public Universities will award 11,518 bachelor’s, master’s, specialists and doctoral degrees during Spring Commencement Exercises. The system total for Spring 2019 represents an increase of 192 graduates from Spring 2018, when the total number of degrees awarded was 11,326.

"Earning a college degree is a milestone accomplishment for an individual," said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. "I congratulate all the graduates, along with the faculty and family who helped them achieve this goal. This also benefits our state as these graduates enter the workforce and help grow Mississippi’s economy."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), obtaining higher levels of education increases an individual’s earning power. As the BLS charts below show, earning a degree increases income while decreasing the likelihood of being unemployed.

The median weekly earnings for someone with a bachelor’s degree, with no additional advanced degree, is $1,173. This compares with $712 median weekly earnings for high school graduates and $520 median weekly earnings for those with less than a high school diploma. Those with a professional degree have the greatest earning power at $1,836 median weekly earnings. Unemployment rates range from 6.5 percent for those with less than a high school diploma to 1.5 percent for those with a doctoral degree.

Source: Elka Torpey, "Measuring the value of education," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2018.

2019 SPRING COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULES

Alcorn State University

    Time/Date: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019
    Location: Davey L. Whitney Health and Physical Education Complex
    Speaker: Mr. Leo Denault, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Entergy Corporation

Delta State University

    Graduate and College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    Time/Date: 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2019
    Location: Bologna Performing Arts Center
    Speaker: Josh West, 2005 Delta State Alumnus, CEO, Blue Delta Jeans, Oxford, MS
    Undergraduate
    Time/Date: 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019
    Location: Bologna Performing Arts Center
    Speaker: Josh West, 2005 Delta State Alumnus, CEO, Blue Delta Jeans, Oxford, MS

Jackson State University

    Graduate
    Time/Date: 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019
    Location: Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center
    Speaker: Alum Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Pastor of New Horizon Church International, Jackson, MS
    Undergraduate
    Time/Date: 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019
    Location: Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center
    Speaker: Retired Brigadier General Robert Crear, CEO of The Crear Group Consulting Firm

Mississippi State University

    Meridian Campus
    Time/Date: 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019
    Location: MSU Riley Center
    Speaker: Dr. Malcolm Portera, 16th President of Mississippi State University, 1998-2001
    Starkville Campus, Undergraduate—College of Business, College of Education
    Time/Date: 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019
    Location: Humphrey Coliseum
    Speaker: Major General Janson D. Boyles, Adjutant General of Mississippi, Mississippi National Guard
    College of Arts & Sciences, College of Architecture, Art & Design, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Time/Date: 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2019
    Location: Humphrey Coliseum
    Speaker: Major General Janson D. Boyles, Adjutant General of Mississippi, Mississippi National Guard
    Bagley College of Engineering, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of Forest Resources, University Studies
    Time/Date: 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019
    Location: Humphrey Coliseum
    Speaker: Major General Janson D. Boyles, Adjutant General of Mississippi, Mississippi National Guard

Mississippi University for Women

    College of Nursing and Heath Sciences
    Time/Date: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019
    Location: Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall
    Speaker: Colonel Samantha Weeks, Wing Commander at Columbus Air Force Base
    College of Arts, Sciences and Education, and College of Business and Professional Studies
    Time/Date: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019
    Location: Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall
    Speaker: Colonel Samantha Weeks, Wing Commander at Columbus Air Force Base

Mississippi Valley State University

    Master's degrees and bachelor's degrees from the Departments of English and Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, General Studies, Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Environmental and Social Sciences
    Time/Date: 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019
    Location: Rice-Totten Stadium
    Speaker: Mr. Victor McTeer, Retired Attorney
    Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Engineering Technology, Mass Communications, Social Work, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation
    Time/Date: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019
    Location: Rice-Totten Stadium
    Speaker: Mr. Victor McTeer, Retired Attorney

The University of Mississippi

    Time/Date: 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019
    Location: The Grove
    Speaker: Major General Augustus L. Collins (U.S. Army, Ret.), CEO of MINACT Inc.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Time/Date: 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019
    Location: Mississippi Coliseum
    Speaker: No Speaker

The University of Southern Mississippi

    Graduate School
    Time/Date: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019
    Location: Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, MS
    Speaker: No speaker
    Undergraduate—College of Arts & Sciences and College of Nursing & Health Professions
    Time/Date: 9:00 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2019
    Location: Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, MS
    Speaker: No speaker
    College of Business & Economic Development and College of Education & Human Sciences
    Time/Date: 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019
    Location: Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, MS
    Speaker: No speaker
    USM Gulf Coast
    Time/Date: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019
    Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS
    Speaker: No speaker

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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