Mabus to speak at MSU

Two high-level members of the United States military establishment will help send off Mississippi State graduates during commencement exercises taking place the second week of May. More than 2, 400 university students are receiving spring-semester degrees. To be held in Humphrey Coliseum, the first graduation program at 7 p.m. on the 11th will hear remarks by Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones, U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. Ray Mabus, U.S. Secretary of the Navy and former Mississippi governor, will address the second ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 12. Participating Friday will be graduates of the Bagley College of Engineering, including its Swalm School of Chemical Engineering; and the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, including its School of Human Sciences; Education; Forest Resources; and Veterinary Medicine (master’s and doctoral degrees). Degrees awarded Saturday will be from the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Sciences, and Business, including its Adkerson School of Accountancy. Mabus was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the 75th Navy secretary. As leader of the Navy and Marine Corps, he is responsible for almost 900,000 people and an annual budget of more than $150 billion. At his 1987 election, Mabus became the youngest Mississippi governor in more than 100 years. Stressing education and job creation, the former state auditor led in passing one of America’s most comprehensive education reform programs and, as a result, became a Fortune magazine’s top 10 education governors honoree. In 1994, Mabus was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Holding master’s and law degrees from, respectively, Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, he also is a former chairman and CEO of Foamex. , and an officer aboard the Navy cruiser USS Little Rock.