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Virtual "celebrations" Galore Instead Of Commencement


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Graduates of Mississippi’s colleges and universities are receiving degrees via virtual celebrations. Mississippi State’s ceremony was live-streamed on Friday to comply with social distancing restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s just the third time in the school’s 142-year history that a traditional graduation ceremony was not possible; the Spanish Flu and World War II stopped earlier ceremonies. On Saturday Alcorn (ALL-corn) State University awarded degrees to 466 students, including 73 graduate degrees as friends and relatives gathered online at the university’s website to mark the occasion. Graduates will be given a chance to walk at commencement in the future. The Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, Ole Miss and Jackson State University will stream their ceremonies this Saturday while the University of Southern Mississippi will hold ceremonies in August.

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