The University of Mississippi’s annual memorial ceremony was held at 4 p.m. Thursday in Paris-Yates Chapel to honor those in the Ole Miss community who died this year.
The University String Quartet led a prelude performance before Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs, delivered the afternoon’s welcome address.
University Staff Council president Johnny Price, Faculty Senate chair Bryce Noonan and ASB president Elam Miller read aloud the names of staff, faculty and students, respectively, who died during the 2017-18 academic year. As each person’s name was called, the family and friends of the deceased placed a single white flower in a glass bowl in remembrance of the individual.
A tolling of the bells came after a musical interlude, and the service was concluded by a rendition of the Ole Miss alma mater by the University String Quartet as the audience stood.
This year’s service honored two staff members, nine students and 12 faculty or faculty emeriti.