LSU Employees Recognized at 2014 Spring Commencement

05/19/2014 04:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, LSU held its 283rd commencement exercises and recognized 6,367 graduates, including 32 faculty and staff members.


Following the main commencement ceremony, each college held its own diploma ceremony to recognize its individual students. Of the 32 employees who graduated, one earned a bachelor’s degree, 24 earned master’s degrees and seven earned doctoral degrees.


Those employees who were awarded degrees include the following:


Bachelor’s Degrees:
Emily Wall Smith, Facility Services – Administration


Master’s Degrees:
Kelli Jones Bates, User Support & Student IT Enablement
Sarah Elizabeth Bertrand, Extension Service – Southeast Region Parish Offices
Daniel Dewit Butcher, Financial System Services
Cory Christopher Cortez, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Stephanie Nicole De La Cruz, University Lab School
Ryan Michael Filo, Athletics
Melissa Nauta Harris, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Christopher Brent Henry, Department of Geology & Geophysics
Sara Helen Keimig, Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid – Enrollment Management
Matthew John Kupchik, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences – Coastal Fisheries
Mary Katherine Leissinger, School of Veterinary Medicine – Pathobiological Sciences
Joao Manuel Lemos Brandao, Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics
Harry Joseph Mayeux, Jr., Financial System Services
Erica Nicole Moss, Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid – Enrollment Management
LaTosha Lynette Mullins, Office of Sponsored Programs
Meredith Ellen Shapiro, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Chelsea Marie Soebbing, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Cherie Robert Taylor, University Information Systems
Aaron Nicholas Vice, Athletics
Liesel Gelvin Batz Walker, Human Resource Management
Kristi Barnett Williams, Manship School of Mass Communication
Robert Christopher Williams, LSU AgCenter – School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences
Zacharias Clark Wood, University Recreation – Student Life & Academic Services
Michelle Carla Woodward, Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics


Doctoral Degrees:
Dana Charles Hart, Dean’s Office – Business Administration
Zachary Hank Hazelwood, School of Music – Instruction
Rodney J. Johnson, Continuing Education
Matthew John Kupchik, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences – Coastal Fisheries
Emily Joy Powell, College of Art & Design – Interdisciplinary
Mona Cristina Rocha, Dean’s Office – Interdisciplinary
Jonathan Dale Tall, Continuing Education – Independent and Distance Learning


The names of all of the students who received degrees can be accessed at LSU’s commencement website, The list is for spring 2014 graduates who have authorized release of their names.




Contact Tara Kistler
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014