Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Lori Bruce join graduate students to plant flags in the shape of a cowbell on the Drill Field in celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Lori Bruce join graduate students to plant flags in the shape of a cowbell on the Drill Field in celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

MSU Celebrates Graduate Student Appreciation Week

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Graduate students at Mississippi State are enjoying university-wide recognition as they join the rest of the nation in celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week.  The celebration kicked off Monday, April 4 on the Drill Field as MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum joined graduate students to plant flags in the shape of a cowbell.

Approximately 3,500 flags, each representing an MSU graduate student were planted.  “I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of this celebration and thank each of you for your efforts. Graduate students play a vital role at Mississippi State and we want to see your numbers increase,” said Keenum. “This celebration is wonderful, and I look forward to seeing the Drill Field completely covered in flags in the near future.”

Graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous campus events throughout the week.  “This is the second year of the flag planting event, and the turnout and response from students, faculty, and staff has been tremendous,” said Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Lori Bruce. “Graduate Student Appreciation Week offers an exciting opportunity for us, as a university, to recognize and celebrate the many contributions made by our graduate students.”