LSU to Hold 291st Commencement Exercises on Friday, Dec. 16

BATON ROUGE – Approximately 1,750 graduates will be recognized during LSU’s 291st commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 16.

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 Science ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse: LSU Boyd Professor Isiah Warner, 2016 SEC Professor of the Year;
  • Manship School of Mass Communication at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre: Lauren Tucker, senior vice president of strategy, research and analytics at Shapiro+Raj, a top-10 independent research and insights firm located in Chicago;
  • College of Engineering ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center: Lucas LeBlanc, industrial engineering graduating senior from Lockport, La.;
  • College of Art & Design ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre: LSU School of Art Professor Emeritus Christopher Hentz.

This semester, six students are expected to earn College Honors from LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. These students participated in a specific honors program and successfully completed and defended an undergraduate thesis.

Some 111 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.

Four graduates will be awarded the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award this fall. 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, degree candidates who took part in ROTC will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program. A separate commissioning ceremony will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. Col. Cindy Haygood, a 1991 graduate of LSU, will serve as keynote speaker for the ceremony.

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