LSU Recognizes 1,986 Graduates at December Commencement, LSU’s Largest Fall Graduating Class Ever

Fall 2019 is one of LSU’s largest and most diverse graduating classes


Fall Commencement

During LSU's 300th commencement excercises, a record-number 1,986 degrees were awarded.
Photo: LSU Strategic Communications

BATON ROUGE – LSU recognized 1,986 graduates at the university’s 300th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 20.

The 1,986 degrees awarded is a new record for LSU’s fall graduation. In addition, the university awarded the most degrees to female, African American, Asian and Hispanic students ever during a fall semester. This fall, LSU also saw the most degrees ever awarded to veteran students, students on Pell grants and students awarded the Pelican Promise.

The fall graduating class represented 55 Louisiana parishes, 42 states and 39 foreign countries. Men made up 48.55 percent of the class and women made up 51.45 percent. The youngest graduate was 19, while the oldest was 61 years old.

There is no main ceremony for December commencement, so each college held separate ceremonies to recognize their own individual students. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke at the Manship School of Mass Communication ceremony and LSU Board Chair Mary Leach Werner, vice president of The Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company and The North American Land Company, spoke at the College of Science ceremony.

For a list of graduates, please visit LSU’s commencement website, The list includes December 2019 graduates who have authorized the release of their names.

Gov. Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards presented the keynote address during the Manship School of Mass Communication's diploma ceremony. 
Photo: LSU Strategic Communications

There were 126 honor graduates recognized during the ceremonies for having high GPAs and received magna cum laude, summa cum laude and cum laude honors. Also included among the honor graduates were 34 University Medal recipients who graduated with the highest-grade point averages in the class.

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College graduated four students who earned College Honors: Giselle Amelie Doucet of Baton Rouge, La., who earned degrees in French and biological sciences; Dwayne N. Hinton Jr. of Baton Rouge, La., who earned degrees in anthropology, mass communication and interdisciplinary studies; Athena Loren Lindsay of Huntsville, Ala., who earned a degree in biological engineering; and Chelsea Sungmee Romph of Shreveport, La., who earned a degree in natural resource ecology & management. These students participated in a specific honors program and successfully completed and defended an undergraduate thesis.

This semester, seven graduates were awarded the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award: Link William Morgan of Lafayette, La.; Jeffery Carl Anderson of Metairie, La.; Paulia Barreto of New Orleans, La.; Layah Ayana Khalif of Khalif, Ga.; Vroni Claire Parsiola of Berwick, La.; Dwayne N. Hinton of Baton Rouge, La.; and Rajvi Jariwala of Surat, India. 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.

Mary Werner

Chair of the LSU Board of Supervisors Mary L. Werner spoke during the College of Science's diploma ceremony. 
Photo: LSU Strategic Communications

Four graduates earned the Engaged Citizens Distinction, administered by the Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership in partnership with LSU Campus Life. This distinction seeks to support and recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate students who engage significantly with their communities to address critical community issues. The recipients – Maryn Cavalier, from Baton Rouge, La.; RaeDiance Fuller, from Baton Rouge, La.; Layah Khalif, from Milton, Ga.; Dynasti Hamilton, from Baton Rouge, La. – have a proven track record of service through coursework, long-term volunteering, and community action.

Two LSU graduates were recognized during LSU’s fall commissioning ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Dalton Woods Auditorium.CaeLan Erik LeBleu of Lafayette, La., was commissioned from the Army ROTC program and Stefen Raymond Dollar of Tonkawa, Okla., was commissioned from the LSU Air Force ROTC program.

The LSU Athletics Department and the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes recognized 28 graduating student-athletes at The Tribute on Dec. 19 at the South Stadium Club inside Tiger Stadium. A number of student-athletes from the No. 1 ranked LSU football team earned degrees during fall commencement including Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, Kristian Fulton, Lloyd Cushenberry, Zachary Von Rosenberg and Blake Ferguson. The Tribute is the annual commemoration of the achievements of student-athletes both on and off the field. 

For more information on LSU commencement, visit

Media Note:
For a list of graduates listed by hometown, please visit For a list of graduates with honors listed by hometown, visit These lists include December 2019 graduates who have authorized the release of their names.





Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations