Some 675 Students Expected to Graduate Aug. 4, Alumnus Jay Ducote to Deliver Commencement Address

Ceremony to be streamed live at 

Jay Ducote

Two-time LSU graduate Jay Ducote, who spends his time as a food and beverage writer, blogger, radio host, speaker, video producer, culinary personality, chef and hugger, will speak at LSU's summer commencement ceremony.Photo: Bite and Booze

BATON ROUGE – Approximately 675 students are expected to graduate during LSU’s 293rd commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 4, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, beginning at 9 a.m. LSU alumnus and culinary entrepreneur Jay Ducote will deliver the keynote address.

“We are proud to welcome Jay Ducote back to campus to speak at our August commencement,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “Jay has taken his entrepreneurial spirit, along with the pride he has for Louisiana and LSU, and has gained recognition nationally with his skills as a chef and his overall welcoming personality. We are excited to hear the message he brings to our newest graduates this summer.”

The summer commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the LSU homepage, To follow along via social media, use the hashtag “LSUGrad.”

Alexander will preside over the ceremony, and Kevin L. Cope, LSU Faculty Senate president, will serve as mace bearer. LSU Board of Supervisors Chair Scott Ballard will confer degrees. The “Star-Spangled Banner” and LSU alma mater will be performed by Terry Patrick-Harris, professional in residence in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, and the processional and recessional music will be performed by the LSU School of Music Brass Quintet. LSU Alumni Association President and CEO Cliff Vannoy will provide the alumni welcome.

There will be no separate diploma ceremonies for August commencement. Ten 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 Executive Vice President & Provost Richard Koubek.

This summer, one student is expected to earn College Honors from the LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. Ogden Honors College students participate in a specific honors program and successfully complete and defend an undergraduate thesis.

A complete list of graduates and honor graduates, who authorized the release of their names, will be available online at LSU’s commencement website. This site can be accessed directly at



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