Southeastern Louisiana University confers degrees on 1,100 graduates, including 117 from Livingston Parish


Aubree Weldon of Baton Rouge celebrates her graduation from Southeastern Louisiana University. Southeastern hosted a virtual celebration Saturday in advance of the still-planned face-to-face commencement later this summer.

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HAMMOND, La. (The Livingston Parish News) – Southeastern Louisiana University virtually celebrated approximately 1,100 graduates on Saturday, May 16, in advance of the still planned face-to-face commencement later this summer.

Of that total, 117 are from Livingston Parish.

The virtual celebration took place on the same day SLU graduates and their families, under normal circumstances, would have packed the University Center in Hammond in a sea of green and gold.

But the novel coronavirus pandemic, which hit Louisiana harder than most states in the initial outbreak, forced university officials to postpone its traditional ceremony, though there’s still a hope the university can hold an in-person ceremony later this summer.

Despite not being able to come together, Southeastern President John L. Crain said it was important for the spring 2020 graduates to be recognized.

“Graduating college is a top 10 moment in most people’s lives,” Crain said. “At Southeastern, we do everything we can to put students first, and we wanted to take the moment to truly acknowledge this incredible time for these new graduates.”

Southeastern put together a virtual celebration with messages from multiple speakers, including Robin Roberts, Southeastern alumna and “Good Morning America” host.

Students were able to share and participate in the surprise celebration remotely. One graduate, Aubree Weldon of Baton Rouge, described the virtual ceremony as “an amazing tribute to 2020 grads.”

Southeastern celebrated approximately 1,100 graduates, including 380 men and 734 women, who received 16 different degrees and represented 22 states and 19 countries.

Spring graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail.

Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored. Livingston Parish natives garnered one doctoral degree, eight master’s degrees, 107 bachelor’s degrees, and one associate’s degree.

Listed below are the Livingston Parish natives who received degrees:

Doctoral Degrees

Denham Springs

Summer L. Bunch, Nursing Practice DNP

Master’s Degrees

Denham Springs

Brittany E. Chedraui, Business Administration

Stephanie P. Stewart, Curriculum and Instruction


Sarah E. Barber, Counseling


Lindsey E. McCaskill, Nursing


Cindy D. Brown, Counseling


Ashlyn E. Dyess, Health & Kinesiology

Caitlyn E. Piper, Nursing


Lori S. Grace, Nursing

Bachelor’s Degrees


Hannah R. Cardaronella, Accounting

Ariel B. Cook, Psychology

Makayla B. Peters, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Schuylar M. Ramsey, Communication

Denham Springs

Brett C. Ahlf, Management

Breanna Arceneaux, Industrial Technology

Parker J. Berthelot, Communication

Abbey N. Bethel, Social Work

Jessica A. Bowen, Communication

Breanne H. Boyette, General Studies

Deanne W. Bryant, General Studies

William C. Campbell, Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment

Adinah E. Cobb, Nursing

Brianna J. Denmark, General Studies

William M. Devall, Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment

Savannah M. Douglas, English Education

Darian B. Drude, Sociology

Joshua C. Durocher, Information Technology

Alexis P. Edmonston, Nursing

Amber Edwards, Chemistry

Harleigh N. Emrick, Management

Katherine J. Evans, Nursing

Melville J. Faust IV, Finance

Joshua L. Ford, Engineering Technology

Claudio V. Franc, Biological Sciences

Amanda C. Gann, Elementary Education Grades 1-5

Mattie E. Gibson, Criminal Justice

Hayli M. Gillette, Health and Physical Educ K-12

Antonia W. Hall, Industrial Technology

Cady L. Harrell, General Studies

Tiffany D. Hathaway, General Studies

Emilee M. Hickman, Family & Consumer Sciences

Amanda M. Holliday, General Studies

Amanda F. Jackson, Management

Alec D. Jones, Marketing

Clayton E. Jordan, Finance

Gabrielle T. Kling, Biological Sciences

Lewis G. Laurent, Industrial Technology

Tony J. Licciardi, Management

Sarah J. Magliolo, Accounting

Mackenzie C. Martone, Art

Heather R. Matthews, Criminal Justice

Brandon D. Maulding, Computer Science

Tiffany A. Nevels, Elementary Education Grades 1-5

Kevin R. Noble, Marketing

Tiffany M. O’Neill, Middle School Education Grades 4-8

Amanda M. Patterson, Nursing

Keleigh J. Pickett, Art

Reese A. Pourciau, Management

Gabrielle H. Rancatore, Psychology

Adam S. Reynolds, Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment

Austin T. Rogers, Management

Britney S. Schweitzer, Psychology

Kaisey N. Seegmiller, English

Jacob S. Shaffett, Health Systems Management

Dylan A. Stanley, Social Studies Education

Hannah N. Stevens, Management

Justin P. Sumrall, Marketing

Taylor M. Teal, Family & Consumer Sciences

Meagan E. Thames, Management

Saraphia T. Wilson, Management

Amanda L. Wray, English Education

French Settlement

Lacy P. Williams, Nursing


Alexis M. Aime, Nursing

Raini A. Blackwell, Psychology

Aaron T. Carlton, General Studies

Alyssa M. Chatagnier, Sociology

Katelyn B. Craig, Health Systems Management

Serena H. King, General Studies

Taylor R. Page, Business Administration

Gabrielle R. Reynolds, Kinesiology

Clarissa R. Smith, Biological Sciences

Madisyn A. Wascom, Communication Sciences & Disorders


Heather R. Blount, Health Systems Management

Madeline J. Felps, English

Lyla M. Hixson, Marketing

Kristen M. Hodges, Marketing

Cade A. Martin, Industrial Technology

Zachary P. Savoy, Management

Gabriel W. Sicard, Psychology


Courtney N. Adkins, General Studies

Katie L. Balfantz, History

Julia E. Ernest, Communication


Caraline D. Abels, Marketing

Robert J. Brown, Industrial Technology

Taylor A. Brown, General Studies

Savannah R. Davidson, History

Justine E. Threeton, Kinesiology


Cody A. Arceneaux, Nursing

Victoria A. Bankston, Health Systems Management

Rebecca L. Boudreaux, General Studies

Kylie S. Branch, General Studies

Rhonda S. Broussard, Elementary Education Grades 1-5

Maia Carmelita A. Dominguez, Art

Emily J. Fink, Health Systems Management

Colby A. Freneaux, Business Administration

Deven N. Gautreau, Nursing

Joseph T. Lockhart, Accounting

Alissa B. Martin, Management

Jaime T. Maurello, Nursing

Ryan M. Miller, Nursing

Ashley K. Parker, Management

Jessica R. Robinson, Management

Shelby A. Romero, Kinesiology

Baylie N. Stears, Kinesiology

Jade S. Turner, Psychology

Breanna J. Turpin, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Associate Degrees


Hunter L. Lenard, Industrial Technology

By: David Gray | The News

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