Keenum: Mississippi State graduates poised to make a positive impact on the world

An MSU graduate, captured by Grace Cockrell, smiles during commencement.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Approximately 1,400 Mississippi State graduates are set to make a difference in the world, according to President Mark E. Keenum’s address during the fall commencement ceremonies held on Friday [Dec. 8].

“It’s truly remarkable to consider the power that each and every one of you possesses to positively impact the lives of others and make this world a better place,” said Keenum, as he reflected on the university’s core values of integrity, hard work, and respect for others. “With your education from Mississippi State and your commitment to these values, there is no limit to what you can achieve.”

At Humphrey Coliseum, a total of 322 master’s recipients, nine educational specialist degree recipients, and numerous undergraduates received their diplomas. Additionally, 83 doctoral students were hooded on Thursday [Dec. 7], while MSU-Meridian celebrated 84 graduates at the Riley Center on the same day.

After undergoing renovations, the fall commencement ceremonies returned to Humphrey Coliseum, following the spring commencement that took place at Davis-Wade Stadium. Keenum emphasized the significance of graduation, describing it as a “truly special memory” for MSU students.

Graduation caps at MSU commencement
Grace Cockrell captures the image of new graduates at Mississippi State University, totaling over 1,400.

“This is a joyous and celebratory occasion for all of us as we acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of these highly distinguished graduates at Mississippi State University. As I observe all of you, I can’t help but think about the memories that you will carry from your time here,” Keenum expressed. “Life, as my youngest daughter Torie tells me, is all about creating memories. And she is absolutely right. What memories will you create tomorrow, next week, next year, and even decades from now?

“Being present here today took immense courage. This is your foundation, a stepping stone for growth and the confidence required to pursue whatever aspirations you desire. Believe in yourself and know that you can and will achieve it,” added Keenum. “My hope and prayer for each and every one of you is that many years down the line, you will look back on your life and reflect upon all that you have accomplished. You will realize that it was your education, values, courage, and faith that allowed you to lead such an extraordinary life, impacting the lives of numerous others.”

Under Keenum’s leadership, Mississippi State University has reached unparalleled heights. His commitment to food security on an international scale has strengthened the university’s contribution to global economic sustainability. The university has experienced significant growth in enrollment, capital improvements, and fundraising under his guidance. This week, the university announced a groundbreaking record in research and development expenditures, securing a prominent position among the top research universities in the country, as per the latest report by the National Science Foundation.

Archived videos of the graduation ceremonies are accessible at www.registrar.msstate.edu/students/graduation.

Mississippi State University is dedicated to making a difference. For more information, visit www.msstate.edu.

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