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University of Mississippi Celebrates Class of 2020

The University of Mississippi will celebrate more than 5,400 candidates for graduation in the Class of 2020 during a live, virtual celebratory event on May 9, 2020. The following local students are candidates for graduation:

Winston Owen Taylor, of Prattville, AL, is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Taylor is a Public Policy Leadership major in the College of Liberal Arts.

Remington Chanz Crane, of Wetumpka, AL, is a candidate for a B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree. Crane is a Electrical Engineering major in the School of Engineering.

Emily Faith Gravlee, of Prattville, AL, is a candidate for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Gravlee is a Pharm D in Pharm Prct Track major in the School of Pharmacy.

Alexandra Claire McCown, of Eclectic, AL, is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree. McCown is a Elementary Education major in the School of Education.

Amelia Louise Maytag Rhodes, of Autaugaville, AL, is a candidate for a Master of Education degree. Rhodes is a Curriculum and Instruction major in the Graduate School.

Jacob Mark Hill, of Deatsville, AL, is a candidate for a Master of Accountancy degree. Hill is an Accountancy major in the Graduate School.

“While we aren’t able to gather in the Grove and at other beautiful venues on our campus right now for traditional pomp and circumstance, we could not let our originally scheduled Commencement day pass without recognizing the incredible achievements, character and spirit of this class of graduates,” said Chancellor Glenn F. Boyce.

UM leaders continue to evaluate plans to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony at a later date.

“The university remains committed to doing all it can to honor our graduates in person when it is safe for us to come together as a university community,” Boyce said.

The virtual event will begin at noon CDT and can be viewed at

As part of the virtual celebration, students – including December 2019 graduates, and May and August 2020 candidates for graduation – received an official cap and tassel from the university, along with other celebratory items.

The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is the state’s flagship university. Included in the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. With more than 23,000 students, Ole Miss is the state’s largest university and is ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing institutions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school, nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy, and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action.