3,827 Students Receive Degrees at 277th Commencement Exercises

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Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work and is a day of celebration for the entire family. At LSU's 277th commencement exercises, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an LSU alumna and a member of the Career Foreign Service, delivered the commencement address and 3,827 students received degrees.

"As you accept your diplomas, I encourage you to ask yourself one question," Thomas-Greenfield said to the graduates. "What is your sense of the world today here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on this campus of LSU, and what do you perceive is your place in that world?"

During the main ceremony, doctoral candidates received their diplomas individually, and degrees were conferred for all students. Separate diploma ceremonies for each college followed at various times and locations across campus. At those ceremonies, every student was recognized individually.

LSU Chancellor Michael Martin presided over the main ceremony and recognized the LSU class of 1962 and the Golden Tigers, or those who graduated at least 50 years ago, including a 99-year old alum who attended the ceremony. LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman Garrett H. "Hank" Danos conferred degrees, and LSU Faculty Senate President and Professor of English Kevin Cope served as mace bearer.

The processional and recessional music was provided by the LSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Donald McKinney. Jin Hin Yap, candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts, sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the LSU alma mater. The invocation and benediction were led by the Rev. Michael R. Button of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Honorary degrees were awarded to both Mary Lou Applewhite, presented by College of Science Dean Kevin Carman, and Sean Reilly, presented by Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Jerry Ceppos.

Some notable LSU student athletes who graduated in May included Swimming & Diving’s Matthew Vieke (University Medalist), Samantha Goates and James Meyers; Baseball’s Austin Nola and Grant Dozar; Football’s Demetrius Byrd and Jarrett Lee; Men’s Basketball’s Justin  Hamilton, Storm Warren and Chris Bass; Women’s Tack’s Melissa Ogbourne, Cassandra Tate and Rachel Laurent; Men’s Track’s Zedric Thomas and Michael Lauro; Gymnastics’ Ashley Lee; Softball’s Brittany Mack; Volleyball’s Michele Williams; and Soccer’s Taryne Boudreau and Natalie Martineau, among others.

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