LAFAYETTE, La.– The University of Louisiana at Lafayette awarded degrees to 1,676 graduates during Spring 2016 Commencement ceremonies on Friday.
The graduates are part of the largest graduating class in the history of UL Lafayette.
Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were conferred at ceremonies held at different campus locations. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 1,436 graduates. Master’s degrees were awarded to 197 graduates. Thirty-two graduates received doctoral degrees. Seven graduates received graduate certificates, and four were awarded post-baccalaureate certificates.
Dr. Joseph Savoie, University president, addressed graduates during the General Assembly. He told them that their time at the University has provided them with critical thinking skills and chances to serve others. It has also broadened their view of the world through their interactions with people from other countries and cultures.
“We are bombarded daily with news about challenges that we face as a society. The good news is that there are people like you in the world, who offer new ideas and different perspectives. I am confident that you will become problem solvers and responsible citizens, ” Savoie said.
Dr. Craig M. Walker, an interventional cardiologist, received an honorary doctorate of nursing practice from the University
Walker, who is founder, president and medical director of Cardiovascular Institute of the South, also delivered the Commencement speech. He urged graduates to become “visionaries.”
“Visionaries share common traits of independent thought, an inspiration to which they are fully committed, the ability to lead and inspire others, the willingness to take chances, a continuing desire to learn and improve, and tremendous work ethic. Visionaries occur in all fields of endeavor. Every one of you has the potential to one day be referred to as a visionary.”
Ashley Duhon, a biology major, was named UL Lafayette’s Outstanding Graduate.
Tim Shane, who received a master’s degree in geology, was recognized with the Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award.
Seven students who received bachelor’s degrees were recognized as summa cum laude graduates for achieving perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
- Katie Elisabeth Border, who majored in chemical engineering and chemistry;
- Chance Keith Bourgeois, who majored in moving image arts;
- Ashley Angelle Duhon, who majored in biology;
- Catherine Claire Ledet, who majored in chemical engineering and chemistry;
- Lauren Elizabeth Meaux, who majored in chemical engineering and chemistry;
- Katherine Alexis Tregre, who majored in nursing; and
- Amy Michelle Windham, who majored in elementary education.