May 6, 2005
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW Mag Chain Ceremony to feature Justice Cobb
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women’s
Magnolia Chain Ceremony will feature Presiding Justice
Kay B. Cobb of the Mississippi Supreme Court on
Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m.
Justice Cobb, a MUW alumna, was appointed to the
Mississippi Supreme Court on April 1, 1999.
In 2000, she was elected to the Supreme Court for an
eight-year term that began in January 2001. She has
served in her position of presiding justice since April
A native of Quitman County, Justice Cobb graduated from
MUW in 1963. She was class president, a member of the
Hall of Fame and Who’s Who in American Universities and
She would later go on to attend the University of
Mississippi School of Law and graduate 13th in her class
in January 1978. Justice Cobb practiced law in various
occupations and held numerous titles up until her
appointment to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Prior to her appointment, she served as state senator,
special assistant attorney general, attorney for the
Bureau of Narcotics and director of the Mississippi
Justice Cobb has served as president of the MUW Alumnae
Board and in 1990 was awarded the MUW Medal of
The Magnolia Chain, one of MUW’s most treasured
traditions, has taken place in some form since 1890.
During this event, the magnolia chain is carried by
seniors singing the “Magnolia Chain Song” from the steps
of Poindexter Hall to Shattuck Lawn where the ceremony
The procession is led by the senior class president who
carries a bouquet of daisies in honor of the graduates
who began the ceremony years ago. Daisies are carried
because the magnolia chain was originally made of
daisies and other flowers.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the seniors form a
circle around the magnolia chain, lock arms and sing the
“Friendship Circle” song. After the song is completed,
the seniors make a made dash for a magnolia blossom.
Tradition holds that graduates who are able to walk away
with a magnolia blossom will find good fortune and