The Mississippi State University Alumni Association held the second formally organized Black Alumni Weekend in February. More than 700 participants came together for a weekend of educational and social events. For more information on this event and other MSU Alumni Association events, visit alumni.msstate.edu.

  • BAW18 Chair Connie Spells Raines (’85) welcomes attendees at the opening session.

  • Panelists Veronica Scott (’03), Marilyn Crouther (’87), Harvest Collier (’72), and Field Brown (’14) at the opening panel discussion

  • BAW18 Event Chair Connie Spells Raines (’85) and Vice Chair Carmen April Washington (‘02) present a cowbell to Edward Boclair (’83)

  • MCs Veronica Waters Becton and Tabora Cook (‘14)

  • BAW18 Event Chair Connie Spells Raines (’85) and Vice Chair Carmen April Washington (‘02) present a cowbell to Micheal Cristal (‘85)

  • BAW18 Event Chair Connie Spells Raines (’85) and Vice Chair Carmen April Washington (‘02) present a cowbell to Ra’Sheda Boddie Forbes (’08)

  • BAW18 Event Chair Connie Spells Raines (’85) and Vice Chair Carmen April Washington (‘02) present a cowbell to Field Brown (’14)

  • BAW18 Event Chair Connie Spells Raines (’85) and Vice Chair Carmen April Washington (‘02) present a cowbell to Veronica Scott (’03)



  • Comedian and Mississippi native Rita Brent entertains the crowd at the pre-game networking reception.

  • Crowd at the pre-game networking reception

  • Attendees visiting during BAW18 check in

  • Attendees visiting during BAW18 check in

  • Attendees enjoyed the pre-game networking reception.

  • MSU head football coach Joe Moorhead address the crowd at the athletic luncheon.

  • MSU Athletic Director John Cohen (’90) address the crowd at the athletic luncheon.

  • Lashell McCullough Vaughn (’82), Clinton Vaughn (’80) and James Collins (’81) with Vic Schaeffer, head women’s basketball coach

  • National alumni board member Edward Sanders (’06) and BAAC Chair Robert Barnes (’72) visit between sessions.

  • Jasmine Murray, former Miss MSU and Miss Mississippi, and Micah Stampley, nationally known gospel singer-songwriter, perform at the Gospel Brunch.

  • Jasmine Murray, former Miss MSU and Miss Mississippi, and Micah Stampley, nationally known gospel singer-songwriter, perform at the Gospel Brunch.