LSU Recognizes 1,591 Graduates at December Commencement
Fall 2017 includes most degrees awarded to African American and Hispanic students at December graduation
BATON ROUGE – LSU recognized 1,591 graduates at the university’s 294th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 15. LSU’s fall graduating class included the most degrees awarded to African American and Hispanic students during any fall semester.
The 1,591 graduates included 1,295 bachelor’s degrees; 211 master’s and professional degrees or certificates; and 85 doctoral degrees. The graduates represented 49 Louisiana parishes, 36 states and 41 foreign countries. The youngest graduate was 20, while the oldest was 65. The graduating class was made up of 51.6 percent women and 48.4 percent men. Among the graduates were 22 LSU employees who received degrees.
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 2017 graduates who have authorized the release of their names.
With each college holding their own ceremonies for fall commencement, some had keynote speakers, including:
- Manship School of Mass Communication: Pulitzer-prize winning author Keith Woods, vice president of newsroom training and diversity at NPR in Washington, D.C.;
- College of Art & Design: LSU Museum of Art Executive Director Daniel Stetson;
- College of Science: Dean of the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Jonathan Earle;
- College of Engineering: Joshua Vaughn, chemical engineering graduating senior from Bogalusa, La.
The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College graduated seven students who earned College Honors and one who earned Upper Division Honors Distinction. These students participated in a specific honors program and successfully completed and defended an undergraduate thesis.
There were 137 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 24 University Medal recipients who graduated with the highest grade point averages in the class.
This semester, 10 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.
Ten graduates were recognized during LSU’s fall commissioning ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. Four LSU graduates from the Army ROTC program were commissioned. Three LSU students, who participated in Southern University’s Navy ROTC program, were also commissioned. In addition, three graduates from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that took part in LSU’s Army ROTC program were commissioned.
The LSU Athletics Department and the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes recognized 22 graduating student-athletes at The Tribute on Dec. 14 at the South Stadium Club inside Tiger Stadium. The event is the annual commemoration of the achievements of student-athletes both on and off the field.
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/2017-12.php. For a list of graduates with honors listed by hometown, visit http://www.lsu.edu/commencement/lists/honor-graduates/2017-12.php. These lists include December 2017 graduates who have authorized the release of their names.
Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations