Keith Comeaux to Speak, Some 672 Students Expected to Graduate at Summer Commencement on Aug. 8

08/05/2014 04:15 PM

BATON ROUGE – Approximately 672 students are expected to graduate during LSU’s 284th commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 8, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, beginning at 9 a.m. LSU alumnus Keith Comeaux, who served as flight director for the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars in 2012, will deliver the commencement address.

LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander will preside over the ceremony, and Bobby Yarborough, chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, will confer degrees. Kevin L. Cope, LSU Faculty Senate president, will serve as mace bearer and will be carrying the university’s new commencement mace, which was crafted using wood from the Steele Burden oak.

The “Star-Spangled Banner” and LSU alma mater will be performed by Megan Barrera, candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts, and the processional and recessional music will be performed by the LSU School of Music Brass Quintet.

There will be no separate diploma ceremonies for August commencement. During the commencement ceremony, Lt. Col. Lawrence P. House III, professor of military science, will recognize the newly commissioned ROTC cadets. A separate commissioning ceremony will be held on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast and Environment Building.

About eight students are expected to graduate with honors, including one student who is expected to receive a University Medal for graduating with the highest undergraduate grade-point average in the class. The University Medalist will be introduced during the ceremony by LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell.

One student is expected to earn College Honors from the LSU Honors College for participating in a specific honors program and successfully completing and defending an undergraduate thesis.

One student is expected to receive the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award. Distinguished Communicator Awards are earned by meeting high standards set by faculty in various colleges and by the LSU Communication across the Curriculum program. The recipients 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.

A complete list of graduates and honor graduates will be available online Aug. 8 at LSU’s commencement website. This site can be accessed directly at

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014