LSU recognizes more than 600 summer graduates, including six from Livingston Parish


Confetti falls on LSU graduates after they receive their degrees. During LSU’s 300th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, a record-number of 1,986 degrees were awarded.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (The Livingston Parish News) – LSU recognized more than 600 summer graduates during a virtual graduation celebration on Friday, Aug. 7.

Of that total, six are from Livingston Parish, including one who graduated Magna Cum Laude. 

Approximately 609 degrees were conferred during the virtual graduation watch party that took place on the LSU Facebook page.

The ceremony was converted into an online format due to the coronavirus pandemic

Following the ceremony, all of the graduates’ names were displayed on the scoreboards in Tiger Stadium.

LSU’s virtual graduation featured a “Year in Review” video as well as performances from LSU alumnus and “Hamilton” San Francisco cast member Deaundre’ Woods, who sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The ceremony included messages from Interim President Tom Galligan, Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie, and Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Werner, who also conferred degrees. It also featured remarks from the deans of the senior colleges along with a performance of the university’s Alma Mater by LSU School of Music faculty and staff.

Galligan congratulated the graduates on behalf of the entire LSU family.

“With your graduation today, you have proven you are precisely the people we need to lead us in the future,” Galligan said. “As you go forward on your journey, I urge you to focus not on the challenges you are confronted with, but on the opportunities created by them.

“Always remember the resiliency, optimism and hard work that brought you to this day, for these are the same traits that will help you reach many more milestones in your lives and in your careers.”

All summer graduates will have the opportunity to walk during a future LSU commencement.

Listed below are the graduates from Livingston Parish.

College of Art & Design:

  • Sidney Marie Rosso, Denham Springs

College of Humanities & Social Sciences:

  • Casie Danielle Champagne, Watson
  • Rachel Ariana Farrar, Denham Springs
  • Hannah Elizabeth Greer, Watson (Magna Cum Laude)

College of Science:

  • Stephanie Anne Matthews, Denham Springs

Graduate School (Master’s):

  • Madeline Spearman Blocker, Walker

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