- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The head of the United Nations’ World Food Programme will address Mississippi State University graduates during ceremonies May 16 and May 17 at Humphrey Coliseum.

Erathin Cousin, a native of Chicago, has led the world’s largest humanitarian organization since 2012. Before that, she was the U.S. ambassador to three U.S. food and agriculture agencies based in Rome.

She previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Feeding America, then known as America’s Second Harvest. She led that group’s response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, distributing food and other relief supplies across the Gulf Coast.

Cousin will address nearly 2,800 graduates at two separate commencements on the Starkville campus. The university will also grant her an honorary degree.


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