MSU spring graduation ceremonies set for
May 8-10

Contact: Aspen Harris

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State spring graduates will celebrate completion of their university degrees with commencement ceremonies May 8-10 in Starkville and Meridian.  

Martin “Marty” Davidson
Martin “Marty” Davidson (Photo submitted)

During the MSU-Meridian commencement on May 9, MSU President Mark E. Keenum will award local resident and entrepreneur Martin “Marty” Davidson, chairman of Meridian-based Southern Pipe & Supply Company, with the campus’s first honorary Doctor of Public Service.

Keenum will serve as the commencement featured speaker on both campuses May 9 and 10 and will award bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. All ceremonies can be watched remotely via the MSU TV Center’s livestream at, on the MSTV app and on the university’s main Facebook page.

Starkville graduates can invite up to eight guests, and Meridian graduates can have up to four. Tickets are required for entry, and these will be emailed to graduates with instructions for downloading. Also, guests should plan for security screenings upon entry.

Guest seating is general admission, and graduates will be seated once checked in. Humphrey Coliseum guests may leave when their graduate exits the stage by exiting through the main coliseum entrances on the east and west sides of Mize Pavilion.

Complete logistical information for visitors planning to attend the ceremonies at Humphrey Coliseum can be found at

The DVM ceremony does not require tickets, while the Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony is by invitation only.

MSU’s spring 2024 graduation schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, May 8:

11:30 a.m.: Starkville Campus, Humphrey Coliseum: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

4 p.m.: Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony, Bettersworth Auditorium, Lee Hall, Starkville. (Invitation only.)

Thursday, May 9:

11 a.m.: Meridian Campus, MSU Riley Center.

3:30 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.): Starkville Campus, Humphrey Coliseum: ACCESS Program, College of Business and College of Education.

Friday, May 10:

9:30 a.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.): Starkville Campus, Humphrey Coliseum: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional and Continuing Studies, and College of Architecture, Art and Design.

3:30 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.): Starkville Campus, Humphrey Coliseum: Academic Affairs, Bagley College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Forest Resources, and College of Veterinary Medicine.

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