President William N. LaForge addresses the Fireside Chat audience for the last segment for 2014. He opens speaking about Fall Commencement.

Delta State celebrated an exciting event this past weekend. The 88th Commencement ceremony was held in Walter Sillers Coliseum. Around 390 students earned their degrees and were awarded diplomas Saturday morning.

A special thanks was extended to Dr. Mary Lenn Buchanan, the most recent Kossman Award winner, for delivering an inspiring commencement address.

LaForge was pleased to award Governor William Winter with an honorary doctoral degree for his contributions to the university and higher education.

Winter served as Governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984 and is acclaimed for passing education reform legislation. He is known for his strong support of public education, freedom of information, racial reconciliation, and historic preservation. The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi was named for him. He and his institute staff participated in our Winning The Race diversity conference last spring.  And, he was the inaugural speaker for our Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series last year. His leadership and service have impacted the lives of many individuals across our State and Nation, and we thank him for his many contributions.

LaForge notes that the spring semester begins on Jan. 12.

“If you have been thinking about going back to school, or if you are considering a change, it’s not too late to register for spring classes. We offer both traditional classroom courses as well as on-line courses.”

He mentions that Delta State has a lot of great things taking place on campus and encourages listeners to be a part of them. The admissions office can help with enrollment and can be reached at 662-846-4020.

LaForge closes with a holiday greeting.

“I hope everyone has safe travels over the holiday break and enjoys this time of celebration and fellowship with family and friends.”

He wishes every happiness this holiday season and looks forward to the new year with his Delta State family.