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Spring Commencement Set to Break Record

Spring Commencement Set to Break Record

(May 12, 2014) McNeese State University will hold its spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Burton Coliseum, with 818 candidates--the largest graduating class in McNeese history - expected to receive degrees. The second largest class was 806 students at spring 2013 commencement.
The spring class of 2014 includes students from 37 parishes, 21 states and territories and 18 countries, and 840 degrees will be awarded, including 33 associate degrees, 665 bachelor's degrees and 142 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 spring class of 2014 and introduce the Golden Scholars from the Class of 1964.
McNeese will also award two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to H.C. Drew Estate trustee-directors Louie D. "Beau" Barbe III and C. Wade Shaddock Jr.
Michael Wittler,
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 and executive director of the six colleges, the Doré School of Graduate Studies and Extended Education, and General and Basic Studies.

Carolyn Hasty, a music performance senior from Lake Charles, 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.

Here are the demographic statistics about the spring class of 2014:
Acadia: 27
Allen: 25
Ascension: 2
Assumption: 1
Beauregard: 37
Bienville: 1
Bossier: 2
Caddo: 2
Calcasieu: 350
Cameron: 29
Concordia: 2
East Baton Rouge: 7
East Feliciana: 1
Evangeline: 23
Iberia: 7
Jefferson: 3
Jefferson Davis: 33
La Salle: 1
Lafayette: 24
Livingston: 1
Natchitoches: 5
Orleans: 3
Ouachita: 4
Rapides: 7
Sabine: 1
St. Charles: 2
St. John: 2
St. Landry: 15
St. Martin: 5
St. Mary: 4
St. Tammany: 5
Tangipahoa: 1
Terrebonne: 2
Vermilion: 14
Vernon: 17
Washington: 1
Webster: 2

States or Territories:
Alabama: 1
Arizona: 5
California: 4
Colorado: 4
Florida: 3
Georgia: 2
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 2
Kansas: 1
Mississippi: 2
Nebraska: 1
Nevada: 1
New Hampshire: 1
North Carolina: 2
Ohio: 2
Oregon: 2
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 55
Virgin Islands: 1
Virginia: 1
Washington: 2
Canada: 1
China: 4
Colombia: 2
Ecuador: 4
Ghana: 1
India: 5
Indonesia: 2
Jamaica: 1
Nepal: 9
Nigeria: 2
Pakistan: 1
Republic of Korea: 1
Saudi Arabia: 1
Sweden: 1
Taiwan: 2
Turkey: 3
United Kingdom: 3
Vietnam: 6