Manship School graduates 67 students at fall commencement


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The Manship School of Mass Communication graduated 67 students at its fall 2015 commencement ceremony on Dec. 18.


“Today’s world demands a different approach to career development,” said commencement speaker Richard Gingras, senior director of news and social products at Google. “It demands what I think of as an entrepreneurship of the self.”


The Manship School conferred 64 Bachelor of Arts degrees and three Master of Mass Communication degrees.


“All of you have benefited from a fine education,” said Gingras. “You’ve worked hard. You’ve attained a level of accomplishment beyond that which is accessible or attainable by most others.” “Each of you has benefited from kind guiding hands along the way your family, your teachers, and many others whose support was there when you needed it,” he said.


Manship graduate Michael Edmonson, Jr. received a University Medal for graduating with the highest undergraduate grade-point average as part of LSU’s 288th commencement exercises. Edmonson was honored at the Medalist Reception on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the School of Music Recital Hall, and also received his medal during the Manship School’s commencement on Dec. 18.


An additional nine students were recognized as honor graduates, achieving outstanding cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) throughout college. In total for fall 2015 graduates, four students achieved Cum Laude honors: Dominique Melicere Becnel, Jared Kendall, Mattie Eversole and Madison Tyler; three students achieved Magna Cum Laude honors: Elizabeth Hilton, Katherine Silva and Thanh-Thanh Pham; and two students achieved Summa Cum Laude honors: Michael Edmonson, Jr. and Kira Schuette.


Five graduates received the Certification as Distinguished Communicators, as part of LSU’s Communication Across the Curriculum program. Victoria Freeman, Katie Henry, Elizabeth Hilton, Riley Lirette and Nicole Wierschem were awarded this distinction.


“Relish the opportunities available to you in these extraordinary times.” “Take chances. Be creative in as many ways as you can. Make mistakes. Crash and learn. Go forward and make progress,” said Gingras.