Rudolph Giuliani to be the keynote speaker at USM's Centennial Celebration Commencement

HATTIESBURG, MS (The University of Southern Mississippi) - Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi's Centennial Celebration Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 15, in M.M. Roberts Stadium.

"I think Mississippians, perhaps more than others, can appreciate a hero. Strong leadership in the midst of chaos changes lives and gives people reason to hope and work and endure," said Southern Miss President Martha Saunders. "Rudy Giuliani earned the country's admiration for his role in the aftermath of 9/11. I am eager to hear his thoughts on lessons learned from tragedy."

More than 1,500 students who are candidates for graduation from all university locations are expected to participate in the ceremony.

The Southern Miss commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and will include students from the university's campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach in one united ceremony. During 2010 the university is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its legislative founding on March 30, 1910.

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