LSU to Hold 285th Commencement Exercises on Friday, Dec. 19

12/16/2014 03:45 PM

BATON ROUGE – Approximately 1,650 potential graduates will be recognized during LSU’s 285th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 19.

There is no main ceremony for December commencement, but every degree candidate’s name will be called individually at separate ceremonies for each college. For more information on the times and locations of the college ceremonies, visit

Some notable keynote speakers at the college ceremonies include:

  • College of Agriculture ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse: University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley
  • College of Art & Design ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater: Carmon Colangelo, alumni honoree
  • College of Science ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse: Dereck Rovaris, LSU Vice Provost for Diversity
  • College of Engineering ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center: Hillary Prevot, biological engineering graduating senior from Shreveport, La.


This semester, eight students are expected to earn College Honors, and one student is 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.

Some 93 potential honor graduates will be recognized during the ceremonies for having high GPAs and will be recognized as magna cum laude, summa cum laude and cum laude. Also included in the honor graduates are the 15 potential University Medal recipients, who are expected to graduate with perfect grade point averages.

These 15 students will also be recognized at a special ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 18, in the Recital Hall of the School of Music Building, located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Infirmary Road. Media wishing to take photos of the medalists should arrive at 3:15 p.m.

Fourteen graduates will be awarded 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.

During the December commencement ceremonies, five degree candidates who took part in ROTC will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program.

For more information on LSU commencement, visit

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014