05/14/2013 04:13 PM
BATON ROUGE – Approximately 3,772 students are expected to graduate during LSU’s 280th
commencement exercises on Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17. During the main ceremony
on May 16, the academic procession will begin at 1:45 p.m., and ceremony will begin
at 2 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public
Radio, will deliver the keynote address.
“We are pleased to welcome Cokie Roberts to LSU to speak at our May commencement ceremony,”
said Interim LSU System President and Interim Chancellor William Jenkins. “She brings
years of experience covering some of the most exciting and noteworthy times in America’s
history, and we look forward to the insight and knowledge she provides to our graduates
as they are embarking on the next stage of their lives.”
During the main ceremony, doctoral candidates will receive their diplomas individually,
degrees will be conferred for all students and University Medalists will be recognized.
There will be open admission to the main ceremony.
Diploma ceremonies for each college will follow the main ceremony and will be held
at various times and locations around campus. During those ceremonies, each graduate’s
name will be called, and diplomas will be handed out individually on stage. For more
information on the times and locations of the college diploma ceremonies, go to http://www.lsu.edu/commencement.
A number of diploma ceremonies will have keynote speakers this year, including:
Diploma ceremonies for respective colleges may or may not require tickets for admission.
Those wishing to attend diploma ceremonies are asked to check with the student(s)
or contact the respective college(s) for further information.
Jenkins will preside over the main ceremony and will recognize the LSU class of 1963
and the Golden Tigers, or those who graduated at least 50 years ago. LSU Board of
Supervisors Chairman Garrett H. “Hank” Danos will confer degrees, and LSU Faculty
Senate President and Professor of English Kevin Cope will serve as mace bearer.
The processional and recessional music will be provided by the LSU Wind Ensemble,
conducted by Donald McKinney. Ariana Wehr Harris, candidate for Doctor of Musical
Arts, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the LSU alma mater. The invocation
and benediction will be given by Father Robert Stine of Christ the King Catholic Church
and Student Center.
During the main ceremony, honorary degrees will be awarded to Jenkins for his service
to LSU and to U.S. Air Force Major Gen. Jasper Welch, who graduated from LSU in 1952
and went on to a distinguished career in the Air Force, serving as chief of theoretical
physics at the Air Force Special Weapons Center, as well as the National Security
Also during the main ceremony, Lt. Col. Mary “Marston” McKeon, USA commander with
AFROTC Detachment, will recognize the newly commissioned Army, Air Force and Navy
ROTC cadets. The cadets will be officially commissioned at a separate ceremony on
May 16 at noon in the Bo Campbell Auditorium in the Cox Communications Academic Center
LSU will also honor about 32 graduating students with the LSU Distinguished Communicator
Award. These students earned this honor by meeting high standards set by faculty in
various colleges and by the LSU Communication across the Curriculum program. The students
earned high grade-point averages in communication-intensive courses – based on written,
spoken, visual and technological communication – and have built digital portfolios
displayed as public websites that include their communication projects from courses,
internships, leadership roles and public service.
About 419 students are expected to graduate with honors, including 54 students who
are potentially slated to receive University Medals for graduating with the highest
undergraduate grade-point average in the class.
This semester, 42 students are expected to earn College Honors and two students are expected to earn Upper Division Honors Distinction from the LSU Honors College. These students participated in a specific honors program and successfully completed and defended an undergraduate thesis.
More than 550 African and African-American students will have the opportunity to participate
in the LSU African-American Cultural Center’s 17th annual Robing Ceremony on Thursday,
May 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Bo Campbell Auditorium at the Cox Communications Academic
Center for Student-Athletes. During the event, degree candidates receive the traditional
African Kente stole in LSU colors to signify the completion of their academic journey.
The Robing Ceremony is sponsored by the African-American Cultural Center; the Office
of Multicultural Affairs; the Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach; and
the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
For more information on commencement, visit www.lsu.edu/commencement.
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013