BATON ROUGE – LSU recognized 1,697 graduates at the university’s 291st commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 16. LSU’s fall graduating class included the most degrees awarded to African American and Hispanic students during any fall semester.
The 1,697 graduates included 1,267 bachelor’s degrees; 349 master’s and professional degrees or certificates; and 81 doctoral degrees. The graduates represented 49 Louisiana parishes, 40 states and 41 foreign countries. The youngest graduate was 20, while the oldest was 71. Among the graduates were 26 LSU employees who received degrees.
The fall 2016 class includes the most master’s degrees awarded to women with 176 degrees awarded. The previous high was 159 master’s degrees awarded to women in fall 1999.
A total of 208 degrees were awarded to African-American students, setting a new record over fall 2015. In addition, 46 master’s degrees were awarded to African-American students, setting a new high in master’s degrees awarded to African Americans.
A total of 84 degrees were awarded to Hispanic students, up from the previous high set last fall. It was also a new high in master’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students.
“LSU continues to break records by graduating more students from underrepresented backgrounds every commencement, demonstrating our efforts to better serve our growing student body and its changing needs,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “The success of our graduates further demonstrates the exceptional education LSU provides to our students.”
There is no main ceremony for December commencement, so each college held separate ceremonies to recognize their own individual students.
For a list of graduates, please visit LSU’s commencement website, http://www.lsu.edu/commencement. The list includes December 2016 graduates who have authorized the release of their names.
With each college holding their own ceremonies for fall commencement, some had keynote speakers, including:
The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College graduated four students who earned College Honors. These students participated in a specific honors program and successfully completed and defended an undergraduate thesis.
There were 113 honor graduates recognized during the ceremonies for having high GPAs and received magna cum laude, summa cum laude and cum laude honors. Also included among the honor graduates were 19 University Medal recipients who graduated with the highest grade point averages in the class.
This semester, four graduates were awarded the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award. These students earned this honor by meeting high standards set by faculty in various colleges and by the LSU Communication across the Curriculum program. The students earned high grade-point averages in communication-intensive courses – based on written, spoken, visual and technological communication – and have built digital portfolios, displayed as public websites, that include their communication projects from courses, internships, leadership roles and public service.
Three LSU graduates who took part in ROTC were commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program during a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building.
For more information on LSU commencement, visit www.lsu.edu/commencement.
For a list of graduates listed by hometown, please visit http://www.lsu.edu/commencement/lists/graduates/2016-12.php. For a list of graduates with honors listed by hometown, visit http://www.lsu.edu/commencement/lists/honor-graduates/2016-12.php. These lists include December 2016 graduates who have authorized the release of their names.
Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations