Published on April 3rd, 2023 | by University of Mississippi


University of Mississippi’s Contributions to State Focus of Mississippi Day

April 15, 2023 celebration to showcase best of UM programs, services and achievements

The University of Mississippi will put the Magnolia State on display April 15 through hands-on learning activities, demonstrations, food, and more as part of the second Mississippi Day.

The annual event brings together the university’s academic departments to offer an array of fun and family-friendly activities that highlight the university’s contributions to the state’s culture, education, health care and economy.

“We are excited to build off of the success of last year’s inaugural event,” said Emily Ferris, associate director of outreach and continuing education, and chair of the Mississippi Day 2023 Committee. “We’re even bigger this year. All 10 colleges and schools are participating with over 75 campus units.

“We’ll also have more kid-friendly activities on Union Plaza, including a rock-climbing wall, inflatable slide, bounce house, photo booth and other games. The food vendors options have doubled from four last year to eight this year. We hope the community will come discover more about what make Ole Miss so special.”

Beginning at 10 am, each department will have booths lining The Circle and extending to the Galtney-Lott Plaza throughout the free, four-hour event.

“Mississippi Day is a celebration of all of the exciting things happening at Mississippi’s flagship university,” said Noel Wilkin, UM provost who initially proposed the idea. “The purpose of Mississippi Day is to allow members of the public, families, alumni, UM faculty, staff and students, and prospective students and their families to engage with the Ole Miss community in a new and exciting way.”

Mississippi Day is one of several activities scheduled that weekend on campus, offering a variety of options for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. Other events scheduled include:

  • Friday (April 14) – Honors and Awards Day
  • Saturday (April 15) – Junior Preview Day, annual Grove Bowl
  • Sunday (April 16) – Stay Plugged IN Esports

Shuttles will run from parking areas at Tad Smith Coliseum and the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Parking is also available along Old Taylor Road, South Lamar Avenue, and the Paris-Yates Chapel/Bishop Hall parking lots.

Check out the university’s campus map to see a digital map of Mississippi Day that includes all department and school activations as well as food trucks, welcome booths and more.

For more information and updates, visit

By Edwin B. Smith

Participants enjoy visiting dozens of demonstrations and booths on display at the University of Mississippi during the inaugural Mississippi Day in April 2022. This year’s Mississippi Day will feature even more exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services
A volunteer from the Department of Biology shows off a reptile specimen during the inaugural Mississippi Day in April 2022 at the University of Mississippi. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services
McCord Bain, of Oxford, has fun checking out a demonstration in front of the Croft Institute during 2022 Mississippi Day at the University of Mississippi. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

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The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. A member of the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, Ole Miss has a long history of producing leaders in public service, business, academics and the professions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school; nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy; and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s most beautiful, Ole Miss's main campus is in Oxford, which is routinely recognized as one of the nation's best college towns.

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