June 4, 2012

The College of Engineering conferred 430 Bachelor of Science degrees, 35 Masters of Science degrees and 11 Ph.D. degrees at its Spring 2012 commencement ceremony on May 18 at the Carl Maddox Field House. This year’s graduates represented 40 parishes, 15 states and 25 foreign countries.

Secretary Stephen Moret of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, or LED, and LSU mechanical engineering alumnus, delivered the commencement speech at the College of Engineering ceremony.

“You can do anything you want to do,” Moret told the graduates. “LSU has provided the tools and it is up to you to use those tools to succeed.”          

Moret explained that it’s difficult to become an engineer but eventually they would appreciate the tough journey.

He also advised graduates to remember the meaning of the last verse of the Alma Mater: Our worth in life will be thy worth, we pray to keep it true, and may thy spirit live in us, forever L-S-U.  

Peyton Tippett, petroleum engineering graduate from Bossier City, La., was awarded a University Medal for graduating with a perfect undergraduate grade-point average.

Twenty graduates were commissioned during the LSU Spring Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, in the Bo Campbell Auditorium at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes. Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV, commandant, Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., was the guest speaker for the Spring Commissioning Ceremony. Three College of Engineering graduates were from the LSU Air Force ROTC and Southern University’s Navy ROTC program. William Allen Beal and Jacob Partain received a BS in electrical and computer engineering, and Brandon Heasley received a BS in chemical engineering.

LSU also honored 39 graduates with the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award. The award honors those who demonstrate strong communication skills during their undergraduate years. The recipients must complete 12 hours of approved courses, submit a digital portfolio, participate in internships or co-ops, demonstrate leadership and maintain a 3.0 GPA in communication-intensive courses. They are then designated as Distinguished Communicators on their transcripts.  This year, nine College of Engineering graduates received this award including: Andrew Calogero, Casey Robelot, Joseph Tran, Kevin Holly, Trey Ledet III, Mary-Anne Nguyen, Melinda Hunter, Rebecca Marx and Yvette Triay.

Sarah Bedell, Paul Felio, Andrew Reynolds and Joshua Thornton were student athletes who also graduated with a BS in engineering.

Rick Koubek, dean, College of Engineering, concluded with his personal remarks, “I would like to add my personal congratulations to all graduates, their parents and relatives, and faculty and staff for this wonderful achievement.”

LSU conferred 3,827 students at its 277th commencement exercises. The main ceremony was held in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and individual colleges held separate diploma ceremonies at various locations around the Baton Rouge campus. Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an LSU alumna and a member of the Career Foreign Service, delivered the commencement address.

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