On May 13, the Manship School of Mass Communication celebrated Spring 2016 Commencement with graduates, their families and friends in the Maddox Field House. LSU President F. King Alexander welcomed students and guests, and Lance Frank, executive director of communications at CBS News and a 2011 Manship School graduate, spoke about the Manship Loyalty Campaign. Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, another Manship School alum, delivered the commencement address. You can watch the ceremony online here.
The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication was awarded to 153 graduating seniors.
Eleven graduate students received diplomas at the ceremony. The Manship School awarded nine Master of Mass Communication degrees and its first ever graduate certificate in Strategic Communication. Young Kim received a Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication and Public Affairs. Dr. Kim was the winner of the 2015 John Maxwell Hamilton Fellowship for Media and Public Affairs Research. He will join the faculty at Marquette University in the fall.
Graduates achieving academic distinction were recognized at the ceremony, including our two University Medalists, JoLena Broussard and Justin DiCharia. The prestigious University Medal is awarded to graduates with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages or above. Both Broussard and DiCharia graduated summa cum laude.
Other Manship School graduates receiving Latin Honors:
Laura Maria Aviles – cum laude
Kaylyn Elizabeth Blosser – cum laude
William Dave Bove – cum laude
Ellen Carlisle Carleton – summa cum laude
Caroline Jean Carson – summa cum laude
Claire Pamela Casserino – summa cum laude
Julia Rodrigues Da Cunna Castro – magna cum laude
Meagan Hanan Collman – magna cum laude
Oanh Quynh Do – summa cum laude
Madeline Elizabeth Engler – summa cum laude
Amy Elizabeth Gonzales – magna cum laude
Christopher Robert Handy – cum laude
Tara Ann Hebert – cum laude
Alyssa Leigh Henke – magna cum laude
Brooke Marie Hotard – summa cum laude
Anna Kathryn Hoz – cum laude
Meagan Nicole Johnson – magna cum laude
Anna Katherine Kalmbach – magna cum laude
Kaitlyn Alexandra King – summa cum laude
Payton Layne Morein – cum laude
Jourdan Elise Moschitta – magna cum laude
Alexis Marie Rebennack – cum laude
Valencia Vashea Richardson – magna cum laude
Erinn Leigh Sala – cum laude
Michelle Nicole Watson – cum laude
The following students were honored as LSU Distinguished Communicators: