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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.

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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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