- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - University of Mississippi Medical Center leader Dr. LouAnn Woodward will speak to Mississippi State University graduates Friday and Saturday.

Woodward will speak Friday to engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, forest resources and education graduates. She’ll talk Saturday to business, arts and sciences and architecture, art and design graduates.

About 2,800 students are expected to receive degrees.

MSU will give honorary degrees to William Cobb of Dallas and W.G. “Mickey” Holliman Jr. of Tupelo.

Cobb, a petroleum engineer, founded an oilfield management firm and has donated for a professorship and scholarships.

Holliman, MSU’s 1988 alumnus of the year, was a longtime furniture industry executive. The campus fitness and athletic training center are named for him.

Also Friday, Mississippi Community College Board Executive Director Andrea Mayfield will address graduates of MSU’s Meridian campus.

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