Over 700 students will receive their diplomas at the McNeese State University spring commencement ceremony set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Burton Coliseum.
Eight hundred degrees will be awarded to candidates: 50 associate degrees, 593 bachelor's degrees, 149 master's degrees and eight education specialist degrees.
Dr. Jeanne Daboval, provost and vice president of academic affairs at McNeese, will serve as master of ceremonies, recognize retiring faculty and confer degrees on candidates.
The McNeese Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jay Jacobs, will perform the processional, national anthem and recessional.
McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams will give the welcoming address to the spring class of 2011 and introduce the Golden Scholars from the Class of 1961.
Candidates will then be introduced and degrees conferred by the deans of the six colleges, Enrollment Management and the Doré School of Graduate Studies.
Stephanie Tarver, dean of enrollment management, will introduce honor graduates, and Cheryl Fuselier, president of the McNeese Alumni Association, will address the students on behalf of the association.
Casey Doucet and Steven Guillory, both graduating music education seniors from Sulphur, will lead the graduates and audience in the alma mater.
Here are a few demographic statistics about the spring class of 2011:
- 1 student from each of the following parishes: Ascension, Grant, Lafourche, Madison, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. John and Tangipahoa
- 2 students from each of the following parishes: St. Charles, St. Mary and Terrebonne
- 3 students from each of the following parishes: Iberia, Jefferson, Ouachita and Rapides
- 4 students from each of the following parishes: Caddo and St. Tammany
- 6 students from each of the following parishes: East Baton Rouge and St. Martin
- 7 students from Orleans
- 10 students from Lafayette
- 13 students from Vernon
- 14 students from each of the following parishes: Allen, Cameron, Vermilion
- 17 students from Evangeline
- 18 students from St. Landry
- 23 students from Acadia
- 39 students from Jefferson Davis
- 46 students from Beauregard
- 349 students from Calcasieu
- 1 student from each of the following states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming
- 2 students from each of the following states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York and Oklahoma
- 3 students from Mississippi and North Carolina
- 6 students from Florida
- 45 students from Texas
- 1 student from each of the following countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Ireland, Germany, Guinea, Indonesia, Lithuania, Palestine, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine
- 2 students from Colombia and Mexico
- 3 students from Republic of Korea and Vietnam
- 5 students from China
- 7 students from Nepal
- 24 students from India