Southern Miss senior reacts to postponed graduation ceremony

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Southern Miss senior reacts to postponed graduation ceremony

With many places practicing social distancing, several events and activities are canceled or postponed, including the University of Southern Mississippi’s graduation ceremony.


Southern Miss senior reacts to postponed graduation ceremony

With many places practicing - social distancing,- several events and activities - are cancelled or posponed,- including the university of - southern mississippi's- graduation ceremony.- news 25's victoria bailey - catches up with a graduating- senior to get her reaction.

- - "i was upset.

I was hurt.

I was disappointed, because i felt- like i had worked my way up to- 20 plus years trying to - - - - get my degree.

I finally get it- and i can't even really - celebrate" lakeitha luster is talking abou- the posponement of her- commencement ceremony at the- university of southern- mississippi due to the covid-19- outbreak.

- "i'm going to have on a hazmat suit.

I'll have on a gas mask - but i'm marching and then it- seem it hit mississippi - and it hit it fast like every - day they were nine or 10 people- - - - extra so then it's like it- happen rather fast and then the- were like we're going - to postpone the graduation date- usm's spring graduation was to- take place may 14-16th but of - - - - course for the safety of the- students things had to change.- luster says it's disappointing- because of her journey to - reaching this milestone.- "i'm a 20 year veteran and during my time in the military - saw the air force go from - - - - providing 74% of our tuition up- to 100% of our tuition.

- technically there's no reason - why i should not have gotten my- degree prior to that.

- - - - unfortunately i was a shift - worker so i was trying to do- these online classes and online- it's just not for everyone so - once i finally retired and i- thought my little cancer battle- i was like well - i have nothing else to do so- - - - let's go to school" luster advocated for herself to get- into usm's social - work program in 2016.

- "usm has high standards and after advocating i was able to- get in applied- myself i like being around- everyone and even though it's a- challenging school- studying and hard work- i was able to keep my grades up- and i was on the dean's list or- i was on the presidents - list" while, she isn't sure when- she'll cross the stage at this- time, it's- - - - not stopping her momentum.- "even though the celebration ha been postponed my education doe- not - stop of course i'm going to - continue on with usm i'm- currently applying to - - - - their msw program and i'm hopin- to be able to sit for advanced- standing- which will allow me to get my - masters degree within three - months so - basically this time next year - there will be a graduation i- will be walking in the- graduation period"

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