December 20, 2013

The LSU College of Engineering held its Fall 2013 diploma ceremony on Friday, December 20th, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, conferring 161 Bachelor of Science degrees, 36 Master of Science degrees and 19 PhD degrees.

Class representative and chemical engineering graduate Mary Lauren Wheelahan from Bossier City, La. addressed students and guests at the ceremony. “As graduates from the College of Engineering, we have been equipped to make changes, to shake things up, to improve our world,” said Wheelahan. “We are ready to make contributions to our new careers and to become involved in meaningful activities outside of our workplace. And amidst all of this greatness, we have the immeasurable opportunity to be more than good engineers; we need to also be good people.”

Malcom Stagg, computer engineering and electrical engineering major from Calgary, Canada, received the University Medal, awarded for graduating with a perfect undergraduate GPA. In another tradition, the College of Engineering honors those graduates who have earned the highest GPA. Stagg 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. Stagg has accepted a position with Microsoft, pursuing his interest in software development.

An additional 13 students were recognized as honor graduates, achieving outstanding cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) throughout college. In total for fall 2013 graduates five students achieved Cum Laude honors:  Brittany Alexander, Anuj Dube, Kevin Louth, Ryckur Schuttler and Mengqiu Ye; five students achieved Magna Cum Laude honors:  Max Aguirre, Justin Breaux, Richard Platania, Dana Trahan, and Mary Lauren Wheelahan; and four students achieved Summa Cum Laude honors:  Adam Catanzaro, Zachary Knox, Peter Ottsen, and Malcom Stagg.

This year’s graduating class acknowledged three students who received the Distinguished Communicator Award, the first program of its kind in the nation:  Kevin Louth, mechanical engineering, James Parker, civil engineering, and Ryckur Schuttler, petroleum engineering.

Fall 2013 LSU College of Engineering graduates represented 27 Louisiana parishes, 11 states and 19 foreign countries.

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Mimi LaValle, College of Engineering, mlavall@lsu.edu or (225) 578-5706. 



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