Hammond Native Hayley A. Kropog Receives Prestigious University Medal During Summer 2012 Commencement Ceremonies
BATON ROUGE – Hayley A. Kropog of Hammond was recognized as the sole University Medalist, graduating with the highest undergraduate grade-point averages, as part of LSU’s 278th commencement exercises.
Kropog was recognized during the summer 2012 commencement ceremonies, held on Friday, Aug. 3, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Kropog graduated with college honors from the Manship School of Mass Communication with a Bachelor of Art in Mass Communication degree in broadcast journalism, minoring in business and leadership development. She cited Manship School Associate Professor Craig Freeman as her favorite professor and as someone who has made a difference in her life at LSU.
Kropog's accomplishments at LSU include being named to Who's Who at LSU Among American Colleges and Universities and earning the John L. McGee Scholarship Award, the Joseph N. Silverberg Memorial Scholarship, the LSU Tiger TV Anchor Award and the LSU Tiger Girl Leadership Award. She was also part of the Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies
A four-year member of the LSU Tiger Girls, spending the last two years as team captain, Kropog said one of her proudest moments was winning the 2012 Hip Hop National Dance Championship at Walt Disney World with the Tiger Girls. She described it as “truly an incredible, unforgettable feeling."
“I feel so lucky to have had four years cheering and dancing for the Tigers,” Kropog said. “The energy of thousands of cheering LSU fans is truly unparalleled. Forever LSU!”
Kropog is currently working as an international dance instructor for the Universal Dance Association, through which she has taught dancers in Europe, South America and Asia this summer.
When asked what she felt was the most interesting part of her LSU career, Kropog said it was being able to travel to Hong Kong with the LSU Tiger Marching Band, Golden Girls and Tiger Girls in 2011 to take part in the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade.
“It was an honor to represent the United Sates, Louisiana and LSU at this international event,” she said.
During her time at LSU, Kropog also served as an anchor for Tiger TV, as well as being as a Campus Connection Reporter for ESPNU. She said she plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
“On a routine student media tour, I was able to sit at the anchor desk of Tiger TV,” Kropog said. “At that moment, I knew that broadcasting was the perfect fit for me. I can’t wait to begin my journalism career.”