LSU to Hold 294th Commencement Exercises on Friday, Dec. 15


During LSU’s 294th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 15, about 1,650 graduates will be recognized at various college ceremonies across campus.Photo: LSU

BATON ROUGE – Approximately 1,650 graduates will be recognized during LSU’s 294th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 15.

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:

  • Manship School of Mass Communication at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre: Pulitzer-prize winning author Keith Woods, vice president of newsroom training and diversity at NPR in Washington, D.C.;
  • College of Art & Design ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater: LSU Museum of Art Executive Director Daniel Stetson;
  • College of Science ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse: Dean of the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Jonathan Earle;
  • College of Engineering ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center: Joshua Vaughn, chemical engineering graduating senior from Bogalusa, La.

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

Some 132 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.

Ten 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. Distinguished Communicator graduates will be recognized during a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at LSU.

During the December commencement ceremonies, degree candidates who took part in ROTC will be commissioned during a ceremony held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. LSU alumnus Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Bossetta, assistant adjutant general Louisiana Army National Guard, will serve as keynote speaker for the ceremony.

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