F. King Alexander to Speak, Some 727 Students Expected to Graduate at Summer Commencement on Aug. 9
BATON ROUGE – Approximately 727 students are expected to graduate during LSU’s 281st commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 9, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, beginning at 9 a.m. LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander will deliver the commencement address.
Alexander will preside over the ceremony, and Hank Danos, chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, will confer degrees. Kevin L. Cope, LSU Faculty Senate president, will serve as mace bearer. The “Star-Spangled Banner” and LSU alma mater will be performed by Kristi Beinhauer, candidate for Master of Music, and the processional and recessional music will be performed by the Norem Brass Quintet.
There will be no separate diploma ceremonies for August commencement. During the commencement ceremony, Lt. Col. Lawrence Burns, professor of military science, will recognize the newly commissioned ROTC cadets. A separate commissioning ceremony will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast and Environment Building.
About 10 students are expected to graduate with honors, including two students who are potentially slated to receive University Medals for graduating with the highest undergraduate grade-point average in the class.
A complete list of graduates and honor graduates will be available online Aug. 9 at LSU’s commencement website. This site can be accessed directly at www.lsu.edu/commencement.
About F. King Alexander:
Alexander recently became the president and chancellor of LSU, which has an annual budget of $3.3 billion and more than 43,000 students.
Prior to this appointment, Alexander was president of California State University, Long Beach, one of the nation’s largest public universities located in southern California. During his more than seven-year tenure at California State University, Long Beach, Alexander was twice named the California State University Student Association “President of the Year,” which represents all 23 California State Universities and its more than 440,000 students.
Prior to becoming president of California State University, Long Beach, Alexander was president of Murray State University in Kentucky and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he was the director of the graduate higher education program.
A Kentucky native who grew up in north Florida, Alexander received his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in higher education administration with a focus on finance and educational policy analysis, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England, in comparative educational studies.
As a teacher and administrator, Alexander has received many honors, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Alumni Achievement Award and has research university faculty affiliations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Study of Postsecondary Education and Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute.
Alexander also has been asked to represent public higher education colleges and universities on numerous occasions to the United States Congress on issues of college affordability, student indebtedness and institutional efficiency and effectiveness in efforts to address many of the growing challenges facing American higher education. Due to his national recognition and involvement on higher education issues, Alexander has served on numerous U.S. higher education and statewide organizational leadership boards where he remains very active.
Alexander and his wife, Shenette, have three children: Kylie, Savannah and Madison.