College of Engineering to Graduate 780 Students at Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony


This is the largest graduating class in the College’s history.

The College of Engineering will graduate the 780 students at Louisiana State University’s 292nd commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 11:00 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the Baton Rouge campus.

Among those graduates, 711 students are receiving their bachelor’s degrees, 29 are receiving their master’s degrees, and 18 are receiving their Ph.D.’s. There are also 22 students receiving post-baccalaureate certificates.

Graduates from the College of Engineering represent 35 Louisiana parishes, 30 states and 29 foreign countries. The youngest graduate is 19 years-old, while the oldest graduate is 66 years-old.

The speaker is alumna Renee Horton. She received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from LSU in 2002 and was the first African American to earn a PhD in Materials Science with a concentration in Physics from the University of Alabama in 2011.

Horton is currently the Space Launch System Lead Metallic/Weld Engineer at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. Since she began working at NASA in 2012, she has been awarded six group achievement awards. To learn more about her, you can read Lead Engineer at NASA, Renee Horton, Credits LSU for Giving Her the “Edge to Compete” on our website.

A complete list of graduates, who authorize the release of their names, will be made available online at LSU’s commencement website, after the ceremony.

To follow along via social media, use the hashtags #LSUGrad and #IAmAnLSUEngineer.

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Laura J. Odenwald, assistant manager of digital marketing, LSU College of Engineering