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Lt. General Russell Honoré to Speak at LSU Human Sciences & Education’s Commencement Ceremony

12/03/2013 02:37 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education is pleased to announce that U.S Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré will serve as keynote speaker at the college’s commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 20.

Honoré was widely hailed by the media as the “Category 5 General” who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. He is currently a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization, where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness, and a preparedness contributor for CNN.

After more than 37 years of uniformed service to the Army, Honoré now devotes his time and efforts in commitment to a new mission – creating a “culture of preparedness’’ in America. During this post-9/11 and Hurricane Katrina era, there has been more emphasis placed on government/FEMA preparedness, but he believes the vast majority of Americans have not grabbed onto the need to be prepared at home and at work for potential disasters. One of the harshest lessons learned from recent disasters, especially Katrina, is that you are your own first responder. The urgent need for this movement is one of the lessons Honoré learned through personal experiences during his last few years in the Army.

“The College of Human Sciences & Education is distinguished, in part, by its ability to positively impact quality of life through education, leadership, information literacy, health and wellness and social and human sciences,” Dean Damon Andrew said.  “Consequently, I am so pleased that General Honoré, whose leadership has positively impacted so many Louisianans, will provide our graduates with some final words of wisdom before they depart into the world with the aim of bettering communities via their acquired areas of expertise.”

Honoré is a native of Lakeland. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University in 1971. He holds a Master of Arts in human resources from Troy State University, as well as an honorary doctorate in public administration from Southern University, an honorary doctorate in laws from Stillman College and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Stillman College.

The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at

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