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Governor Bryant speaks at USM graduation

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Gov. Phil Bryant addresses students at Spring commencement at Southern Miss Friday. Gov. Phil Bryant addresses students at Spring commencement at Southern Miss Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant urged hundreds of graduating students at The University of Southern Mississippi Friday to "rise up and do great things."

He was the commencement speaker at spring graduation on the Hattiesburg campus.

Graduates from the Colleges of Business, Education and Psychology and Health received degrees during a 10 a.m. ceremony.

Bryant also spoke at another commencement at 2:30 p.m. Graduates in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Nursing and Science and Technology received degrees during that ceremony.      

Bryant, who received his undergraduate degree at USM, also encouraged students to "believe that you can rise above your own expectations."

Students said they were glad graduation day finally arrived.

"It really doesn't feel like I've graduated," said marketing major Charles Kent. "it still feels like I have a lot of work to do, but it's the most amazing feeling ever," he said.

"I have put in a lot of work and I've finally reached the goal, so I'm really excited," said psychology major Patricia Quave.

More than 1,800 students were candidates for degrees this spring. 

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