HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It is Southern Miss tradition to keep the identity of the beloved Golden Eagle mascot a secret, but a viral photo from USM graduation proves to be the exception to the rule.
Michael Shannon chose to reveal who he really was during the university's Spring commencement ceremonies on May 13.
Shannon walked across the stage to get his diploma in his costume's slippers.
He was greeted by President Rodney Bennett, who is seen in the photo gleaming with pride as he hands Shannon his diploma.
Shannon represented the University as Seymour during his time at the school.