Some 701 Students Expected to Graduate at Summer Commencement on Aug. 3

08/01/2012 11:20 AM

BATON ROUGE – Approximately 701 students are expected to graduate during LSU’s 278th commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, beginning at 9 a.m. LSU alumnus and actor Michael Papajohn will deliver the commencement address.


LSU Chancellor Michael V. Martin will preside over the ceremony, and William Jenkins, interim president of the LSU System, will confer degrees. Kevin L. Cope, LSU Faculty Senate president, will serve as mace bearer. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Dr. Steve Crump, senior minister at Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge. The “Star-Spangled Banner” and LSU alma mater will be performed by Amy Porter, a doctoral student in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, and the processional and recessional music will be performed by the Norem Brass Quintet.


There will be no separate diploma ceremonies for August commencement. During the commencement ceremony, Lt. Col. Lawrence Burns, professor of military science, will recognize the newly commissioned ROTC cadets. A separate commissioning ceremony will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast and Environment Building.


A complete list of graduates and honor graduates will be available online Aug. 3 at LSU’s commencement website. This site can be accessed through LSU’s home page at or directly at


About Michael Papajohn:


Papajohn first made a name for himself as the starting centerfielder for the Tigers baseball team when they made their inaugural trip to the College World Series in 1986. A role as Dennis Quaid’s stunt double in “Everybody’s All-American” saw his career shift from the diamond to the silver screen, launching a movie and television career that has seen him appear alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in some of the biggest films in history.


Papajohn is best known for playing the carjacker who killed Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in “Spider-Man,” and he is also known for doing Adam Sandler’s stunts as Bobby Boucher in 


“The Waterboy,” playing Kevin Costner’s nemesis in “For the Love of the Game,” and Megan Fox’s recently incarcerated father in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” A truly good guy who makes a living playing bad guys, Papajohn incurred the wrath of Cameron Diaz in “Charlie’s Angels,” was shot by Moon Bloodgood in “Terminator: Salvation,” and was shot and killed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Eraser.”


In 2012 alone, he can be seen on the silver screen in “This Means War,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “Gangster Squad.”


Papajohn is heavily involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and served alongside Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on the committee for the Los Angeles chapter that organized the 2009 Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Gala at Universal Studios, raising awareness for CF. He is also the founder of the Action Actor Academy, bringing industry professionals together to help aspiring actors and stunt men and women launch their own careers.


The Birmingham, Ala., native graduated from LSU in 1988 and is married to wife Paula. They have one son, Sean.


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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012