Esteemed alumna Dr. Honi Migdol will address Mississippi University for Women graduates at Mag Chain Ceremony, one of the university’s most treasured traditions Friday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Honi Migdol

During her time at The W, Migdol was an active member of various organizations including the Silhouette Social Club, Student Programming Board, Hearin Leadership Council and the Hottentots Honorary Leadership Society. She also served as the Class Cheerleader for all four years and was an Orientation Leader. Her extensive co-curricular involvement ignited her passion for guiding students through their formative years and helping them discover their true selves.

After graduating from The W with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration in 2005, Migdol went on to earn a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in 2007, and a Doctorate in Education in Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Georgia in 2016.

Migdol began her career at Oxford College of Emory University in 2005 and served there for 10 years, supporting new student and family programs, leadership development, student government, student organizations, social clubs and campus-wide student programming. She then assumed the role of associate dean for integrative leadership at Agnes Scott College from 2015 to 2022, where she designed holistic curricula to prepare students to be self-aware, collaborative and effective leaders, as well as civically and socially engaged citizens.

Currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Migdol serves as a human resources professional for The Home Depot, where she designs learning and development programs to help associates unleash their potential and maximize their performance to grow and thrive in their current and future roles.

The Mag Chain Ceremony is a time-honored tradition at The W, dating back to 1890. While its exact origin is unclear, the ceremony has evolved over the years, with the chain being made of daisies in 1894 and subsequently fashioned from other flowers. In 1905, it was decided that the state flower, the white magnolia blossom, would be 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 are able to walk away with a magnolia blossom or bud after the ceremony will have good fortune and romance.

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.

Be Bold. Tower with Blue.