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Magnolia Chain Ceremony

May 5, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Students hold hands around the Magnolia Chain

The Mag Chain Ceremony is one of the most treasured traditions at The W. Although its exact origin is unclear, some form of the Magnolia Chain Ceremony has been a part of commencement at institution since 1890. The chain was made of daisies in 1894 and was fashioned from other flowers in subsequent years. In 1905, it was decided that the state flower was the most appropriate choice for the chain. The white magnolia blossoms symbolize the purity of achievement, and the green leaves represent the growing experiences of the graduates over the past four years. Tradition holds that graduates who can walk away with a magnolia blossom or bud after the ceremony will have good fortune and romance.


May 5, 2023
9:30 am - 10:30 am
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The W Campus
1100 College Street
Columbus, 39701 United States
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About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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