Dear students, faculty, and staff,
The pinnacle of our academic year is almost upon us – Commencement! We’re eager to celebrate more than 5,000 graduates and their families on May 4-8. I’m deeply grateful to our faculty and staff who will be on hand and help to make Commencement special. I would like to encourage all of our graduates to take a moment to thank the faculty and staff who helped them reach this major milestone in their lives.
We’re excited to welcome our graduates’ families and friends to our beautiful campus and the best college town in America. Many guests will travel long distances to celebrate their loved ones. To ensure that everyone enjoys the celebration, please read this news article about Commencement so you will be well prepared for where to park, where to eat on campus, and how your loved ones who cannot attend in person can watch closed-captioned livestreams of the ceremonies. The university’s Commencement website offers information on all of this and more.
Most of this year’s ceremonies will be hosted in the Sandy and John Black Pavilion. Parking will be available at and around the SJB Pavilion and the Ford Center. We will operate shuttles to and from these venues, and to Convocation in the Grove. The Commencement website details information on parking, including information about ADA-accessible parking and shuttles.
We’re so proud to welcome alumnus Bradford Cobb (BA 96), a celebrated music industry executive, as our Convocation speaker for Convocation on Saturday, May 7. We look forward to hearing more about his journey from Ole Miss to Los Angeles, managing musicians such as Katy Perry, Tracy Chapman, Steve Perry and the B-52’s.
This year’s graduates are an inspiring class, but don’t just take it from me. You can read about their hard work, character, and potential in the 2022 Journey to Commencement series that profiles more than 20 members of the graduating class.
I know you share my pride in a job well done as we celebrate our graduates and the bright futures before them. We’ll see you at Commencement!
Glenn F. Boyce