December 22, 2011

The College of Engineering held its diploma ceremony for Fall 2011 at the Maddox Fieldhouse, conferring 153 Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees, 39 Masters of Science degrees and 14 Ph.D. degrees. Of note, LSU College of Engineering graduates represented 27 Louisiana parishes, 10 states, and 16 foreign countries.

This semester’s graduating class contained a number of high-achieving students including: three Distinguished Communicators, five Summa Cum Laude graduates, one Magna Cum Laude graduate and eight Cum Laude graduates.

Chancellor Michael Martin was the commencement speaker for the ceremony. Martin explained that commencement symbolizes not the end but only the beginning of where graduates will utilize their education.

“Today is a day of celebration,” Martin said. “I want you to remember what we call this day. It's called commencement, which means it's the not the end, it's only the beginning. This is really the beginning of where you are now going to utilize your education as you continue to educate yourself. So when I congratulate you, I'm congratulating you on what you will achieve, not just what you have achieved."

Martin offered the following advice to the graduates, “Never stop learning. Never fear failure, know what you don't want to do but leave yourself open for an adventure and always know you are always a part of the LSU family.”

In ending his speech, Martin made predicted the final score of the BCS National Championship game, which received a loud round of applause from the crowd. “Remember this, 24-13 … that will be the score of the BCS Championship,” Martin said. “"Nick will be sad, but we will be cheering. Geaux Tigers.”

Mark Dunn received a University Medal, awarded to students for graduating with perfect undergraduate grade-point averages. In another tradition, the College of Engineering also honors those graduates who have earned the highest gpa. Dunn was also presented with the Edward McLaughlin Dean’s Medal of Excellence for earning a perfect 4.00 gpa. The award commemorates McLaughlin's 28-year LSU career as professor, researcher, department chair and dean. Dunn will work as a structural engineer with Jacobs Engineering in Metairie, La.

LSU also honored three graduating students with 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. Those honored from the College of Engineering included: Yasmin Mohammad, Jordan Moree and Elizabeth Nowacki.

Seven graduates were commissioned during the LSU Fall Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 15, including one engineering graduate. Michael Boutee, Jr. received a BS in construction management and was commissioned by LSU Army ROTC program.  


Article excerpted from LSU media releases by Cassie Arceneaux for the College of Engineering, 225-578-0092,


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