Staff Council

The University of Mississippi

Red & Blue Celebration of UM Staff 2019

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Red & Blue Celebration of Staff Members at the University of Mississippi! This is an opportunity for the university community to come together and honor staff members who have successfully navigated the college experience while simultaneously working as an employee at the university. During the ceremony, we will honor graduating seniors and graduate students with red and blue cords and a reception. The ceremony details will be announced as soon as possible.  Students, family, staff, alums, and faculty are encouraged to attend and celebrate with graduating staff members at the ceremony.

Graduating staff member receives a red and blue cord from Associate Provost Donna West Strum. Red and Blue Graduation 2018. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

This event will honor UM Staff Members who have graduated or plan to graduate in December 2019, May 2020, or August 2020.

UM Staff Members who are eligible to participate in this ceremony are employed primarily in non-teaching activities in support of the educational, research, and service programs of the University. They may be full-time or part-time administrative, professional or other staff employees  who are eligible for fringe benefits (i.e. personal and sick leave, retirement benefits and healthcare) and located on any campus of the University of Mississippi. Student workers are not eligible for this event.

*NEW THIS YEAR * We plan to have a video about our 2019 graduates playing at the event. Please tell us what inspired you to complete this degree. The quote must be appropriate for a family-friendly event. If you would like to be include a photo along with your quote, upload it along with your online application. This photo can include friends, family, and co-workers, but must be appropriate for a family-friendly event. (image files only – max size 10mb).


Family members congratulate a graduating staff member. Red and Blue Graduation 2018. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

Any graduating staff members who wish to be recognized should complete the form below by Wednesday, April 24, 2019.


Guests are encouraged to attend the ceremony, but we ask that guests pre-register to guarantee we have enough resources at the event. Please complete the registration form below by Wednesday, May 1, 2020.


This Celebration is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, the Office of University and Public Events, and the University of Mississippi Staff Council.