The University of Mississippi is set to say goodbye to the Class of 2017 on Saturday. This year’s commencement speaker is Jon Meacham.

This weekend, scores of robed Ole Miss students will walk across the stage in front of their loved ones, hundreds of pages of homework lighter and one degree heavier as they officially become graduates of the University of Mississippi.

Graduation day begins with a convocation being held in the Grove at 9 a.m. The cross-department, campus-wide celebration includes students and faculty from each school who will attend the ceremony in full regalia. Each school under the university banner will have representatives seated at the Grove Stage under their respective banners. During this ceremony, Chancellor Jeffery Vitter will officially confer degrees, thereby giving each school the authority to graduate students who have fulfilled the necessary requirements.

This is also when the John Meacham will deliver the 2017 Commencement Address. Meacham is a presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor to TIME and the New York Times Book Review. In the past, Meacham has worked as the managing editor of Newsweek and was the editor of The Washington Monthly. He first began his career with the Chattanooga Times. His book “Destiny and Power” examining the life of George W. Bush has received mass critical acclaim. Meacham’s book “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” has been called the definitive biography on the founding father and was the recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

After the Convocation, students and faculty will break off by individual schools to hold their own ceremonies.

At 11 a.m., those graduating with a master’s degree in Liberal Arts will gather in Fulton Chapel. The School of Law and School of Education will meet on the Grove. Students who have earned their degree from the School of Engineering will hold their ceremony in the Circle. Those from the business school will be in the Tad Pad, and students from the Patterson School of Accountancy will meet in the Archie and Olivia Manning Athletics Performance Center.

The School of Applied Sciences will be meeting in The Pavilion. Students graduating from the Croft Institute for International Studies will hold their ceremony in the Bancroft Conference Room.

At 1 p.m., the School of Pharmacy will hold their ceremony in the Manning Center. The College of Liberal Arts will gather in The Pavilion at 2:30 p.m. as students from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media hold theirs in the Tad Pad.

The final ceremony of the day will be the general studies majors who will gather in the Manning Center.

During graduation, there will be campus dining options available, including brunch from the Inn at Ole Miss. Several buildings will be open with restroom and water fountain access. Small shops selling flowers and gifts will be strategically placed throughout campus during graduation for anyone wishing to buy something for their graduate.

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