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Southern Miss celebrates 102nd anniversary

USM students, faculty, staff and administrators meet at a reception during Founder's Day activities on the Hattiesburg campus Friday. USM students, faculty, staff and administrators meet at a reception during Founder's Day activities on the Hattiesburg campus Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Students, alumni and others gathered at Southern Miss Friday to celebrate the university's 102nd birthday. Founder's Day activities at USM included the swearing in of newly-elected student government association officers and a program honoring outstanding achievements by students, faculty and staff.

The day concluded with a lively reception at The Hub.

"As we become more diverse, as we become bigger, I think it's important every now and then to just stop and say here's where it all started, here's where it all began and look how far we've come," said Dr. Martha Saunders, USM president. 

This special day every year celebrates the legislative founding of the university. Later this year, the school will mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first students on the Hattiesburg campus.

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