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Colleges schedule spring graduations


The Associated Press



JACKSON -- Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and an Air Force deputy chief of staff will speak at graduation exercises May 11-12 at Mississippi State University. 


They are among a variety of speakers scheduled for spring graduations at Mississippi universities. 


Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones, the U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, will speak on May 11 to a graduation program at 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum. 


Mabus, the former Mississippi governor, will speak on May 12 at the second commencement at 10 a.m. at Humphrey Coliseum. 


U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., will speak at commencement in the Grove at the University of Mississippi on May 11 at 9 a.m. 


Chuck Scianna, president of natural gas and oil pipe company Sim-Tex L.P., will speak at two graduations at the University of Southern Mississippi at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on May 11 at the Reed Green Coliseum. 


Other announced graduation speakers: 


n Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds at 10 a.m. Saturday at Delta State University in Cleveland. 


n Dr. Shirley Graves, a pediatric care physician, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. 


n Joel C. Clements Sr., chairman/CEO of First State Corporation, at 11 a.m. May 11 at the Meridian campus of Mississippi State. 


n Xernona Clayton, founder and CEO of Trumpet Awards Foundation, and Randal Pinkett, chairman/CEO of BCT Partners, at 8:30 a.m. on May 12 at Alcorn State University in Lorman. 


n Former Gov. William Winter at 11 a.m. May 12 at the University of Mississippi School of Law. 


n Andy Lack, CEO of Bloomberg's Global Media Group, at 2:30 p.m. May 12 at the Meek School of Journalism and News Media at Ole Miss. 


n Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, at 10 a.m. May 12 for USM-Gulf Coast at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.




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