LSU to Hold 282nd Commencement Exercises on Friday, Dec. 20

BATON ROUGE – Approximately 1,664 potential graduates will be recognized during LSU’s 282nd commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 20.

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 Engineering ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center: Mary Lauren Wheelahan, chemical engineering graduating senior from Bossier City, La

College of Agriculture ceremony at 9 a.m. in the University Recreational Complex: LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander

Manship School of Mass Communication ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Theater: Dick Alario, Manship Board of Visitors member and chairman, president and CEO of Key Energy Services

College of Music & Dramatic Arts ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Cluade L. Shaver Theatre: Kristin Sosnowsky, interim dean

College of Art & Design ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater: Darius Spieth, associate professor of art history

College of Science ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the University Recreational Complex: Dr. Melvin Triay, a 1976 graduate of LSU’s biological sciences program and a board certified anesthesiologist with more than 29 years’ experience

College of Human Sciences & Education ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center: Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré

During the College of Humanities & Social Sciences ceremony, a posthumous degree will be awarded to the family of Christopher Broussard. The degree being awarded is a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a concentration in criminology. Broussard died on Aug. 28, as the result of an automobile accident near St. Gabriel.

The LSU Honors College has nine degree candidates expected to graduate with College Honors Distinction, which also includes Upper Division Honors, for participating in a specific honors program and successfully completing and defending an undergraduate thesis.

Some 99 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. Also included in the honor graduates are the 11 potential University Medal recipients, who are expected to graduate with perfect grade point averages.

These 11 students will also be recognized at a special ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Recital Hall of the School of Music Building, located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Infirmary Road. Media wishing to take photos of the medalists should arrive at 3:15 p.m.

This semester, six graduates will be awarded the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award. 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.

Degree candidates who took part in ROTC programs will be recognized for being commissioned into the U.S. military during a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. Two LSU students will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program.

For more information on LSU commencement, visit

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