LSU to Graduate Another Record-Breaking Class during Spring Commencement

Graduation ceremonies to take place across campus May 8-12

ROTC Commissioning

The LSU Spring Commissioning Ceremony for graduates participating in ROTC will take place on May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Union Theater. Photo: LSU Strategic Communications

BATON ROUGE – The university anticipates awarding a record-breaking number of degrees during LSU’s 298th commencement exercises. Preliminary numbers indicate that more than 4,000 degrees will be awarded this spring, and LSU will see new records for degrees awarded to female students, African American students, Hispanic students, Asian students, students in STEM fields and Pell recipients.

In addition to the main ceremony and diploma ceremonies taking place on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, ceremonies will take place honoring graduates across campus starting today. The following events will take place:

  • Lavender Graduation Ceremony on May 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre. Lavender Graduation celebrates, recognizes and honors LGBTQ students who successfully complete their college careers at LSU.
  • Distinguished Communicators Medal Ceremony on May 9, from 10 to 11 a.m., in Business Education Complex auditorium. 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 built digital portfolios, displayed as public websites, which included their communication projects from courses, internships, leadership roles and public service.
  • Ogden Honors College Graduation Ceremony on May 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre. The Ogden Honors College will recognize its graduating seniors and bestow awards for Outstanding Thesis and Outstanding Senior. The candidates for Upper Division Honors Distinction and College Honors will receive their white Honor Cords and Bachelor's Hoods, respectively, during the ceremony. Honors seniors graduating in Good Standing will also be recognized.
  • Robing Ceremony

    TheClarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center Robing Ceremony, which recognizes and celebrates the achievements of African American graduates, will take place in the Bo Campbell Auditorium on May 9 at 4 p.m.Photo: LSU Strategic Communications

    LSU Spring Commissioning Ceremony on May 9 at 2 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater. Graduates who participated in LSU’s Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC or Southern University’s Navy ROTC programs will be commissioned and recognized.
  • LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Distinguished Honors Ceremony on May 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Howe-Russell Kniffen Geosciences Building, 130 Theater. The CHSE Distinguished Honors Ceremony award presentation and reception honors CHSE Ambassadors, CHSE University Medalists, CHSE Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars, CHSE Active and Veteran Military Members and CHSE Distinguished Dissertation Recipients.
  • Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center Robing Ceremony on May 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes – Bo Campbell Auditorium. The robing ceremony recognizes and celebrates the achievements of African American students graduating from LSU. Graduates are presented with the Kente Cloth which represents the distinctive qualities exemplified by LSU graduates.

LSU’s main commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González, 2019 SEC Professor of the Year, will deliver the keynote address. Honorary degrees will be awarded this year to Frank Wickes, director of bands emeritus, and Matthew George McKay, chairman, president and CEO of All Star Automotive Group.

College diploma ceremonies will take place at various locations across campus on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. A number of these will feature keynote speakers as well, including:

  • LSU Manship School of Mass Communication at noon on May 10 in the Maddox Field House: Aly Neel, policy & advocacy strategist on the Global Policy Team at the United Nations Foundation and author of “Girl Power in Myanmar.” Neel is a 2010 Manship School graduate in political communications.
  • LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts at noon on May 10 in the LSU Student Union Theater: Director of Bands Emeritus Frank Wickes, who will also be receiving an honorary degree;
  • LSU College of Science at 4 p.m. on May 10 in the Maddox Field House: L. David Sibley, distinguished alumnus and Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor Department of Molecular Microbiology Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine;
  • LSU College of the Coast & Environment at 4 p.m. on May 10 in the LSU Student Union Theater: Brian Snyder, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences;
  • LSU College of Engineering at 9 a.m. on May 11 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center: Caroline Villarreal, a construction management graduate with a minor in business administration & technical sales from Harlingen, Texas.;
  • LSU College of Art & Design at 2 p.m. on May 11 in the Maddox Field House: Kenneth Brown, an LSU interior design distinguished alumnus and HGTV star.

Visit the LSU commencement website at for more information. 



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