05/13/2014 11:19 AM
BATON ROUGE – Approximately 3,997 students are expected to graduate during LSU’s 283rd commencement exercises on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16. During the main ceremony on May 15, the academic procession will begin at 6:45 p.m., and ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Ray Mabus, the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy and leader of America’s Navy and Marine Corps, will deliver the keynote address.
“We are excited to welcome Secretary Mabus to campus to speak at our spring commencement,”
said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “He brings a wealth of leadership
knowledge and experience that will be beneficial for our graduating class to hear,
and we look forward to his talk and the advice he gives to our students.”
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 be held on May 16 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 on May 16 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.
Alexander will preside over the main ceremony and will recognize the LSU class of
1964 and the Golden Tigers, or those who graduated at least 50 years ago. LSU Board
of Supervisors member Rolfe McCollister Jr. 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 Dennis Llinas. Matthew Joseph Daniels, candidate for Doctor of Musical
Arts, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the LSU alma mater.
During the main ceremony, an honorary degree will be awarded to George “Buddy” Guy
for his distinguished music career. Guy worked in LSU’s facilities services department
from 1955 to 1958, before leaving to pursue a musical career in Chicago. Guy is a
six-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist who has influenced generations of musicians.
During the main ceremony, Cmdr. Tremayne Criner will recognize the newly commissioned
Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC cadets. The cadets will be officially commissioned at
a separate ceremony on May 15 at 2 p.m. in the Bo Campbell Auditorium in the Cox Communications
Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
LSU will also honor the first group of African American students to desegregate the
LSU undergraduate program on the 50th anniversary of their enrollment. Six students
– Freya Anderson, Carlice Collins, Mason Ingram, Oliver Mack Jr., Clifford Ray Smith
and Adam Sterling III – who legally challenged standing segregation laws and other
African American undergraduates who enrolled with them in the summer of 1964 will
be recognized at the 18th annual Robing Ceremony hosted by the African American Cultural
Center. The event will take place in the Bo Campbell Auditorium in the Cox Communications
Academic Center for Student-Athletes on May 15 at 4 p.m.
LSU will also honor about 72 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 456 students are expected to graduate with honors, including 55 students who
are potentially slated to receive University Medals for graduating with the highest
undergraduate grade-point average in the class.
This semester, 65 students are expected to earn College Honors and six 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.
For more information on commencement, visit www.lsu.edu/commencement.
Secretary Mabus will have a media availability prior to LSU’s main commencement ceremony. He will be available at 6:15 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Contact Ernie Ballard, LSU media relations director, at 225-578-5685 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014