HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of students at Southern Miss are either preparing to enter the work force or making plans for graduate school after receiving their degrees in Fall Commencement Exercises Friday.
Students in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Health and Science and Technology took home degrees during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Reed Green Coliseum.
Students in the Colleges of Business, Education and Psychology and Nursing got their degrees in a 2:30 p.m. ceremony, also at the coliseum.
A total of about 1,000 students took part in the ceremonies.
"It's a weird experience to know you're done with college," said Olivia Normand, a forensic science major from Kenner, La. "And you go to school your whole life and now it's over, so it's crazy," she said.
"I've loved every moment, from the people I've met to classmates, the teachers are really great, all the staff members," said Jeremy Evans, an exercise science major from Canton. "Everybody has taught me something valuable in life that I can always keep when I go into the world," he said.
USM distinguished professor of history Dr. Andrew Wiest was commencement speaker at both ceremonies.