Summer Camps

Joining President LaForge is Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of the continuing education program.

Rock singer Alice Cooper said it loud and clear in his 1970s hit song, “School’s Out (for Summer).” But at Delta State, there are many things to do on campus in the summer. Here are some numbers about some of our many summer opportunities in art, music, athletics, and outdoor recreation, to name a few.

  • Last year, more than 300 athletes participated in Delta State’s football camps.
  • 288 children attended the two sessions of Okra camp last summer.
  • The DMI Summer Camp is a six-day interactive experience for high school students and explores four career tracks.

In other news on campus, summer session I classes begin today, but there’s still time to register. Registration closes tomorrow, Wednesday, May 29. There will be three orientation sessions this summer: June 3, June 24, and July 8. If you will be joining us as a new student this fall, register for one of the student orientation sessions by visiting our website at and clicking the “Office of Student Life” tab.

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Josh West, CEO Blue Delta Jean Co.

Joining President LaForge is Josh West, CEO of Blue Delta Jean Company and a distinguished alumnus of Delta State, who delivered the keynote address at our spring commencement earlier this month.

Josh received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Delta State in 2005 and then a master’s degree in public policy from Mississippi State the following year. While at Delta State, Josh played drums for the musical ensemble, Renaissance, was elected president of the Student Government Association, was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national scholastic honor society, and was inducted into the Student Hall of Fame. He went on to complete postgraduate training at King’s College London and the University of Oklahoma. In 2011, he co-founded Blue Delta, a premium bespoke jean company, which specializes in custom jeans that are sold throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.

In other news on campus, summer session I begins next week, but there’s still time to register for courses if you wish to get ahead in your degree or simply wish to take an elective. We offer a multitude of classes, ranging from the general education requirements to electives to upper level courses.  Summer school allows you to devote more time to a course or two without the pressure of a full class load. Registration for summer I closes next Wednesday, May 29.

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Dr. Ned Mitchell, Honorary Doctorate Recipient

President LaForge is joined by Ned Mitchell, recipient of the honorary doctorate at spring 2019 commencement.

At Delta State, we take great pride in recognizing excellence by conferring honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education generally, or other areas of society.

At our May 2019 Commencement Ceremony, we were pleased to bestow an honorary doctorate to long-time Delta State supporter and 1962 graduate, Ned Mitchell.

An active and devout alumnus of Delta State University, he received the title of Distinguished Statesmen of the Year in 1993 and Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1998. He is a member of the Delta State University Foundation Board, and he served as president of the Foundation from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1998 to 2002. Most recently, he co-chaired the Campaign for Delta State, which raised funds to help in the creation and enhancement of scholarships; to strengthen academic and athletic programs; to support initiatives of faculty, staff, and students; and to foster community and regional partnerships.

In other news on campus, the last day to register for Summer Session I is Wednesday, May 29.

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