New Bulldogs Alumni of the Class of 2024 Gear Up to Impact Lives and Transform the World

MSU President Mark E. Keenum delivers remarks during one of two commencement ceremonies Friday [May 10] at Humphrey Coliseum. (Photo by Jonah Holland)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—A few years ago, high school graduates faced a world disrupted by a pandemic. However, as part of the Class of 2024 at Mississippi State University, they are now equipped to tackle future challenges and positively impact the world, according to President Mark E. Keenum at the recent commencement events in May.

Cameron Mayers, a communication and political science double major from Pearl, showcases an inspiring message on his graduation cap.
Cameron Mayers, a communication and political science double major from Pearl, displays an inspiring message on his graduation cap. (Photo by Jonah Holland)

“As freshmen, many of you started your college journey during a challenging period. Despite these obstacles, you persevered and made tremendous progress. You are now well-positioned for the transitions ahead and the evolving landscape of the 21st century. Embrace the changes and opportunities that lie ahead; they are yours for the taking,” Keenum emphasized.

During the week, Mississippi State University celebrated the graduation of around 3,900 students, comprising over 3,000 undergraduates and nearly 800 graduate and professional students who have successfully realized their dream of becoming Bulldogs with degrees.

“Individuals who live by fundamental values like integrity, hard work, empathy, honesty, and truthfulness always stand out,” the university’s 19th president remarked. “You will shine because of these principles, and others will be drawn to you for who you are.”

Three graduates from Mississippi State proudly display a photo captured during Friday's ceremonies at Humphrey Coliseum.
Three Mississippi State graduates exhibit a photograph from one of Friday’s ceremonies at Humphrey Coliseum. (Photo by Jonah Holland)

Keenum expressed his hopeful vision for the graduates as he said, “Years from now, as you reflect on your lifetime achievements, may you attribute your success to your education at Mississippi State—a solid foundation that shaped your values, courage, and faith. This foundation will enable you to lead fulfilling lives, effect positive change, and fulfill your unique purpose. Remember, you will forever be part of our proud Bulldog family, and I am exceedingly proud of each one of you.”

On a separate note, at MSU-Meridian, Martin “Marty” Davidson, a respected local entrepreneur, received the university’s first Doctor of Public Service honorary degree. Davidson, chairman of Southern Pipe & Supply Company, has significantly contributed to the industry, community, and education sector with his visionary leadership and philanthropic efforts.

For access to archival graduation footage, visit MSU’s Registrar Office.

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Martin Davidson from Meridian, being honored by MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Vice President John Rush during the MSU-Meridian commencement.
Martin Davidson from Meridian, being honored by MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Vice President John Rush during the MSU-Meridian commencement. (Photo by Marianne Todd)

 

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