Donna Lampkin Stephens, of Conway, was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Southern Mississippi during held fall commencement exercises held during two ceremonies Friday, Dec. 14.

Southern Miss Interim President Aubrey Lucas conferred undergraduate, graduate and specialist’s degrees at the ceremony, held at Reed Green Coliseum. Rick Cleveland, director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and an alumnus of the university, served as commencement speaker at both ceremonies.