August 16, 2013

LSU’s College of Engineering conferred 47 Bachelor of Science degrees, 30 Master of Science degrees and 25 Ph.D. degrees at LSU’s 281st commencement ceremony on Friday, August 9 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Graduates represented 13 Louisiana parishes, eight states and 12 foreign countries.

LSU’s new chancellor and system president, F. King Alexander, presided over commencement for the first time. During the ceremony, Hank Danos, chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, conferred degrees, and Kevin L. Cope, LSU Faculty Senate president, served as mace bearer.

"Your educational success, which we all celebrate today, should always remind you that you are needed to free others from the bonds of human ignorance and prejudice," Alexander said in his address. "It should always remind you that you are needed to make the right social choices that expand economic prosperity, while also reducing existing inequalities, and it should always remind you that you are needed to ensure that the next generation of children and students have more educational and economic opportunities than the previous generations, whether you live in Louisiana, Canada or Kenya."

LSU has one of the fastest-growing engineering colleges in the U.S., according to the American Society for Engineering Education. In a recent report, ASEE noted that LSU produced the fifth-highest number of engineering graduates, with a 39 percent increase from 2007 to 2011.

“LSU has great faith in your talent and ability to advance and change society for the betterment of all global citizens,” Alexander said.

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Article written by Elise Bernard, communications intern. For more information, contact Mimi LaValle, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-5706. 



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