The fall class of 2016 includes students from 37 parishes, 22 states and 17 countries, and 651 degrees will be awarded, including 57 associate degrees, 491 bachelor's degrees and 103 master's degrees.
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 2016. McNeese will also award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to George Swift, president and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.
Kevin Caldwell, 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.
Vocal music education major April Henry Stone of Lake Charles will lead the students and audience in the alma mater.
All family members and guests attending Saturday's commencement ceremony are encouraged to arrive early. Burton Coliseum has a maximum number of seats, and once the audience reaches capacity, late arriving guests will remain outside until other guests leave and seats are available. This is for the safety and security of all guests and graduation candidates and to comply with Fire Marshal regulations.