NFL Legend Patrick Willis to Deliver 2020 Commencement Address

One of the most decorated players in Ole Miss football history to speak May 8 to Class of 2020

OXFORD, Miss. – NFL legend Patrick Willis, who overcame tremendous adversity to become a scholar-athlete and one of the most decorated football players in Ole Miss history, will give the University of Mississippi‘s 2020 Commencement address on May 8. Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020, which were postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic last year,Read the story …

Gift Supports Business Students, Student-Athletes

UM alumnus supports budding entrepreneurs, athletics support programs

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi student-athletes and business students will benefit from recent gifts made by alumnus Steve Rowell, of Brandon. Rowell’s gift stemmed from two thoughts: He was concerned about the impact the pandemic has had on Ole Miss athletics programs. Also, he knows firsthand that starting a business can be challenging andRead the story …

Honoring a Father’s Memory

Waddell gift names mezzanine at The Pavilion at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Former Rebel basketball player Ray Waddell, of Dallas, Texas, has made a gift to the University of Mississippi that honors his late father by naming a mezzanine in The Pavilion at Ole Miss, the Rebels’ state-of-the-art arena. Rayburn Waddell, of Madison, died in August 2020. “I enjoy giving back to the communityRead the story …

Honoring a Family Lineage

Hendrix gift benefits Ole Miss student-athletes

OXFORD, Miss. – Gate 12 of the University of Mississippi‘s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will bear a new name – the Bettye and Dick Hendrix Family Gate – and stand as a monument to the lineage of Woodruff and Hendrix family members who graduated from Ole Miss. Bettye W. Hendrix, of Helena, Arkansas, a 1956 graduate ofRead the story …

Keeping Ole Miss Basketball Moving Forward

Cantrell gift names Pavilion entrance for alumni and longtime fans

OXFORD, Miss. – To say Tricia Cantrell is passionate about Ole Miss basketball is an understatement at best. The Memphis, Tennessee, native and Oxford resident grew up a Rebel fan inspired by her father, Ralph Ross, who played center for Ole Miss in the Old Gym, now Martindale-Cole Student Services Center. Visit her home andRead the story …

Vaught Society Gift to Help Fuel Football Success

Ward family supports son with donation to Ole Miss athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – Brian Ward knows what college athletes want. “Having been a player in the Southeastern Conference, I know you want the top facilities, the top support system and everything first-class, down to the workout clothes you wear,” said Ward, of Mobile, Alabama. “Those things get the best recruits and they require donations toRead the story …

Gift Supports Third-Year Law Students

First recipient named for new scholarship that honors alumnus, telecommunications attorney

OXFORD, Miss. – A $100,000 gift created the James R. Billingsley Third-Year Law Scholarship Fund, which gives each recipient $10,000 toward tuition for their final year at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The first recipient, Jonathon Hoskins, of Banks, Arkansas, said the award comes at an opportune time. “I’ve exhausted my GI benefits,Read the story …

Gift to Athletics Pays Tribute to Legendary Coach

UM pharmacy graduate's contribution supports student-athletes via Vaught Society

OXFORD, Miss. – Chris Bonner’s gift to the University of Mississippi is a testament to his admiration for the late legendary head football coach Johnny Vaught. Bonner, a pharmacist in Columbus, gave $125,000 to the Vaught Society, the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation‘s fundraising level that provides financial assistance to student-athletes in the form of scholarships,Read the story …

Pride of the South Night Set for Thursday in Vaught-Hemingway

Ole Miss marching band appears for the first time on the field this season

OXFORD, Miss. – Playing on field is the dream of many marching band musicians. The crowd, the music, the spirit, the energy – it’s all part of the experience. Like many beloved public experiences, unfortunately, the on-field halftime show was a casualty of 2020, but the University of Mississippi marching band has made other plans,Read the story …

Ole Miss to Battle MSU in Third Annual Esports Egg Bowl

Students to compete head-to-head in online video game tournament

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss Esports, the University of Mississippi‘s competitive video gaming team, hopes to maintain its winning title as members compete in the Esports Egg Bowl, a video game tournament against Mississippi State University later this month. The teams will square off virtually, competing in games such as Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege,Read the story …