University hosts 106th Founders’ Day Celebration


The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Founders’ Day Celebration in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 in recognition of the 106th anniversary of the establishment of the University by the Mississippi Legislature.

“Founders’ Day is an important celebration because Southern Miss has come so far since its legislative founding in 1910,” said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. “Our journey thus far is a testament to the resilience and determination of our students, faculty, staff and alumni through the years. On Founders’ Day we celebrate the Southern Miss spirit.”

For more information about Founders’ Day, visit founders-day.

Tuesday, March 29

  • Stennis Space Center Teaching and Research Site

               12 p.m.: Ceremony, George A. Knauer Marine Science Building, room 101

Wednesday, March 30

  • Gulf Park Campus

               9 a.m.: Ceremony and reception, Hardy Hall Ballroom

  • Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

              9 a.m.: Ceremony, dining hall

  • Hattiesburg Campus

              3 p.m.: Founders’ Day Ceremony, Mannoni Performing Arts Center; campus                   and community members invited.

              4 p.m.: Founders’ Day reception Location: North lawn of the Mannoni                               Performing Arts Center; campus and community members invited. (Rain site:                 Intermezzo at Woods Gallery in Marsh Hall-Fine Arts building)