COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Following the Magnolia Chain, 480 seniors received their diplomas in two different ceremonies. It is one of the largest group of graduates in recent history. Tom and Connie Kossen of Edwards were awarded honorary doctorates for their long-time support of the university. Connie Kossen is a 1964 “W” graduate. And MUW alum doctor Marcella McKay offered the commencement address. The chief operating officer of the Mississippi Hospital Association challenged the graduates to not only carry on the university’s rich tradition but also not be afraid to stake their own unique place in the world.