Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Dear Students, Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2017 Commencement edition of the Graduate School newsletter! Commencement is my favorite day of the academic year, and not just because it signals the beginning of that blissful period when everyone has left campus so my office will be quiet and I can actually go to a restaurant on the Square. I enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and faculty.

In this issue we highlight three outstanding students. We also celebrate the faculty and programs that received recognition at our hooding ceremony.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and appreciate your interest in and support of the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi.


Christy M. Wyandt, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Pharmaceutics


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Physics Professor, Modern Languages Department Selected for Diversity Award

Each year, an individual, group or graduate program is recognized for efforts in promoting inclusiveness at the University of Mississippi in graduate education. This year, both an individual and a program were recognized. The Department of Modern Languages along with Cecille Labuda, associate professor of physics and astronomy, received the award. Read more…


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Graduate Instructor Presented ‘Golden Apple’ for Excellence in Teaching

One graduate instructor is recognized for success in teaching undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi each year. Although their primary purpose is to be students, graduate instructors are essential to the educational enterprise at the university. Read more…


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Psychology Professor Recognized for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

University of Mississippi psychology professor Kelly Wilson received the university’s 2017 Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award at the doctoral hooding ceremony on May 12.  Read more…


Biological Science, Behavioral Neuroscience Students Chosen as 2017 Class Marshals

Each year, the Graduate School selects two outstanding doctoral students to serve as class marshals. The class marshals for the spring 2017 hooding ceremony were Tim Colston, who earned his Ph.D. in biological science, and Hannah Marie Harris, who earned her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience. Read more…