The fall class of 2015 includes students from 38 parishes, 23 states and 19 countries, and 734 degrees will be awarded, including 78 associate degrees, 535 bachelor’s degrees, 120 master’s degrees and one education specialist degree.
Dr. Jeanne Daboval, provost and vice president for academic and student 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, alma mater and recessional.
McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams will welcome the fall class of 2015.
McNeese will also award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Michael R. Fuljenz of Beaumont, Texas.
Barbara Streete Bailey, president of the McNeese Alumni Association, will address the students on behalf of the association.
Stephanie Tarver, associate vice president for enrollment management, will introduce honor graduates.
The presentation of degree candidates for conferral of degrees will be made by the deans of the six colleges, the Doré School of Graduate Studies and General and Basic Studies.
April Stone, Lake Charles vocal performance major, will lead the students and audience in the alma mater.
All family members and guests attending Saturday’s commencement ceremony are urged to get there early to avoid traffic congestion and are reminded that all bags brought into the coliseum are subject to search and no bags larger than 10 x 10 are allowed inside.