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The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2015

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -T.S. Eliot

MSMS Graduation Ceremony 2015

Watch the entire MSMS 2015 Commencement Ceremony right here on May 23, 2015 at 11:00 am (Central Standard Time)

Mr. Darcy d. prather, COMMENCEMENT Speaker

 Mr. Darcy Prather

Mr. Darcy Prather

Mr. Prather has spent several decades developing new businesses from emerging technologies. Mr. Prather received two S.B.'s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Science, Technology, and Society. he received an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship

Prather is the son of Mollie (Nave) and James Prather. His mother was raised in Shuqulak, Mississippi, in Noxubee County, and his father in Ripley, Mississippi, in Tippah County. Mr. Prather's parents met at Mary Holmes College in West Point, Mississippi.

Mr. Prather grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and some of his earliest memories were of visiting his grandparents in Mississippi. For instance, he remembers his grandfather serving as the first African-American police officer in Tippah County.

He has two daughters, Amara and Katheryn. They love their annual pilgrimage to Mississippi to spend several weeks with their grandparents. For them, likewise, Mississippi will always hold fond memories.

While he has traveled extensively throughout the world and has spoken with student groups including those at Harvard and MIT, Mr. Prather is particularly honored to be an invited speaker at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

  • Processional - Ms. Shirley Ellis, Pianist
  • The National Anthem - Mr. Quinn Massengill, SGA President
  • Pledge of Allegiance - Ms. Delisia Wicks, Senior Class Secretary
  • Welcome - Mr. Matthew Saprong, Senior Class President
  • Recognition of Special Guests - Dr. Germain McConnell, Executive Director
  • Student Declamation - Ms. Mary Frances Holland
  • Introduction of Speaker - Ms. Da'Jai Ashford, Senior Class Vice-President
  • Speaker - Mr. Darcy Prather
  • Granting Diplomas - Dr. Germain McConnell, Executive Director; Mrs. Kelly Brown, Director for Academic Affairs; Dr. Thomas Easterling, English Faculty; Mr. Chuck Yarborough, History Faculty
  • Presentation of Medallions - Dr. Heath Stevens, Academic Counselor; Mrs. Cindy Wiygul, Academic Counselor
  • Closing Remarks - Dr. Germain McConnell, Executive Director
  • Alma Mater - Ms. Harper Panter, Senior Class Historian
  • Recessional - Ms. Shirley Ellis, Pianist

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Alma Mater

Composed by Mickey Gousset, Angela Lang, and Chris Smith of the MSMS Class of 1990; arranged by Jason Cathey of the MSMS Class of 2009

Hail to thee, our glorious Alma Mater
And to thee, we'll always be in debt.
The friendships we have made together
Will ne'er allow us to forget.

Hail to thee, our glorious Alma Mater
Hail to thee, our dear old blue and white.
The fires of knowledge we have gained here

Will lead us into the light.

For some time we've labored long and weary,
But our hearts to you are ever true.
Hail to thee our glorious Alma Mater.

Hail to thee, our spirits dwell in you.