- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., and Ridgeland attorney Holmes Adams will speak at graduation ceremonies at the University of Southern Mississippi May 9-10.

Adams, whose work with the Luckyday Foundation helps provide opportunities for students to attend USM, will address graduates during ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 9 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

Palazzo, an USM alumnus who has been in Congress since 2011, will speak to graduates of USM-Gulf Park at 10 a.m. May 10 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

USM expects to hand out degrees to 1,800 students.

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