Celebrating Commencement and Staff Excellence
May 24, 2016
The past two weeks have been an amazing time of celebration and appreciation at the University of Mississippi — our largest-ever commencements both at Oxford and (soon to be) at UMMC and a weeklong celebration of our dedicated and hard-working staff members. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to wrap up my first five months as your chancellor.
As a computer scientist, I am fascinated with numbers. Did you know that we conferred degrees this past year to almost 5,700 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students? I would tell you how many chairs were set up in the Grove for commencement, but I stopped counting at 14,398! What a sight it was too, especially with our beautiful new regalia. I couldn’t resist capturing the moment and the incredible view before me via a panoramic photo with my phone.
Jeffrey S. Vitter Takes Helm as UM Chancellor
University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter, who goes by “Jeff,” joined the Ole Miss family on Jan. 1, 2016 and capped off his first day with a Sugar Bowl victory in his hometown of New Orleans. The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning had earlier voted “unanimously and enthusiastically” on Oct. 29, 2015, to name Vitter as UM chancellor.
“I am honored to be given this leadership opportunity by the board of trustees and the Ole Miss family,” Vitter said. “I hold a profound respect for the University of Mississippi and understand the responsibility with which I have been entrusted. As chancellor, I commit, with wholehearted enthusiasm, to build upon the university’s rich history and foster enhanced excellence in learning, innovation, engagement, and healthcare.”