Announcing the Distinguished Graduates of the CHSE Class of December 2021

December 17, 2021

CHSE Class of 2021 Statistics

Bachelor's Degrees | 152
Master's Degrees | 289
Doctoral Degrees | 10

University Medalist

At each commencement, the University Medal for “Highest Academic Achievement” is awarded to the undergraduate student (or students) graduating with the highest GPA, provided that more than 50 percent of the credits required for the degree has been earned at LSU-BR. Grade point averages will be computed for (1) all work completed and (2) all work completed at LSU-BR, with the lower of the two averages determining eligibility for the medal.

Photo of Mallory Casseri

Mallory Casseri



CHSE Ambassadors

In 2014 the College of Human Sciences & Education Ambassadors Program began with a group of high achieving, diverse, and well-rounded students who declared a major within the College. Since that time, the Ambassadors program has helped: increase student enrollment; promote student diversity; increase community awareness of CHSE  programs; and develop leadership density within the College. Students in the Ambassadors program are the face of our College at recruitment events, campus activities, service projects in the community, and advocacy and alumni initiatives.

 Photo of Makayla Barber

Makayla Barber

 Photo of Mallory Casseri

Mallory Casseri

 Photo of Jaci Sander

Jaci Lauryn Sander

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Michelle Veillon-Bradshaw

Active and Veteran Military Challenge Coin Recipients

LSU has a proud military tradition since the founding of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy in 1853, often called the Ole War Skule. Following World War I, the University moved to its present location and built Memorial Tower. Over 12,000 individuals from LSU served during World War II, 5,000 of which were officers—only West Point, Annapolis and Texas A&M exceeded LSU. Students and graduates served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The College of Human Sciences and Education recognizes and honors its veterans and military service members at our diploma ceremonies every fall and spring. Since 2018 we present each graduating veteran and service member with a unique college challenge coin. Although its origin is disputed (either World War I or as recent as Vietnam), the modern American military challenge coin tradition rewards hard work, excellence, and improves esprit de corps. Coins are awarded for outstanding service, and milestone achievement.

The College of Human Sciences & Education challenge coin obverse side is a field of LSU purple with the college logo, a fleur-de-lis, the word “Service” and the phrase “Geaux Change Lives.” The reverse is an image of the tiger mosaic from the Huey P. Long Field House with the Latin phrase, “Mens sana in corpore sano” or “A sound mind in a sound body.” 

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Chelsea Fickes

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Jared M. Hicks



Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award

The LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher designation recognizes the achievements of outstanding LSU undergraduates who participate in a track of educational and research activities leading to a final and public presentation or publication of a faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarly project. An LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher is a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline.

Michelle Veillon-Bradshaw | Kinesiology