LSU Employees Recognized at 2017 Summer Commencement

BATON ROUGE – On Friday, Aug. 4, LSU held its 293rd commencement exercises and recognized 674 graduates, including 16 LSU faculty and staff members.

Of the 16 employees who graduated, one received a bachelor’s degree, one received a certificate of education specialist, nine earned master’s degrees and five earned doctoral degrees.

Those employees who were awarded degrees include the following:

Bachelor’s Degree:
Logan Ray Louque, Pennington Biomedical Research Center                                             

Certificate of Education Specialist:
Farida Emelia Wa Ilunga, University Lab School 

Master’s Degrees:
Leah Didier Haight, Enrollment Management
Megan Marie Lounsberry, LSU Libraries
Adam Conrad Lowe, University Recreation  
Erica Elizabeth Mattingly, College of Human Sciences & Education                          
Amanda Katherine Moak, LSU Libraries                                           
Maisarah Binti Mohamad Saad, Entomology                                               
Corinne Tanner, 4-H Youth Development                                    
Jada Thomas-Smith, Social Work                                               
David Earl Whitchurch, Highway Safety Research Group 

Doctoral Degrees:
Troy Michael Autin, LSU Olinde Career Center
Laura Marie Basirico, Environmental Sciences
Sebe Anthony Brown, LSU AgCenter                                       
Dennis Gordon Castleberry, Computer Science   
Laura Meiki, Social Work

The names of all of the students who received degrees can be accessed at LSU’s commencement website, The list is for summer 2017 graduates who have authorized release of their names.



Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations