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USM set for 100th anniversary

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email 

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - USM's centennial celebration will be one of the most significant events in the university's history.

"The aging of this institution is on the minds of so many people because we've produced so many alums and they leave almost all of them with a sense of appreciation and love," said Dr. Aubrey Lucas, USM's President Emeritus.

Lucas said the university has been preparing for the milestone for quite some time....

"I think they can expect excitement, said Lucas. "I think just to come on the campus and just peep in on some of them and see what's going on."

Lucas said 100 years comes with trials and tribulations, but within those years so much has been accomplished.

"It gives us a kind of self confidence that any university needs to move out and move ahead," said Lucas.

Throughout those 100 years a lot has changed from the buildings to the faces you see on campus. Dr. Lucas said the university has a lot to look forward to in the next 100 years.

"I think our future is as exciting as our past I think we can really be what we ought to be and what we want to be."

Below is the schedule of activities for Tuesday:

10:30 a.m. Founders' Day Ceremony
South lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building
11:30 a.m. Dedication of the Centennial Gateway and Time Capsule
Hardy Street entrance to the Hattiesburg Campus
2:30 p.m. University-Wide Centennial Convocation
Bennett Auditorium
4 p.m. ** Centennial Community Celebration
Shoemaker Square, West Memorial Plaza and Weathersby Lawn
5:30 p.m. Founders' Day Finale and "

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