McNeese State University will hold two ceremonies Friday, Dec. 10, to confer degrees on the graduates at the university’s 157th Commencement in Burton Coliseum. The ceremony for the colleges of agricultural sciences, business and liberal arts will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the Burton College of Education and colleges of nursing and health professions and science, engineering and mathematics will be held at 1 p.m.
The wearing of face masks is recommended but not required for everyone in attendance.
Guests will not be allowed access to the coliseum floor at any time before, during or after the ceremonies.
Graduates will not be allowed access to the guest seating areas at any time before, during or after the ceremonies.
The summer and fall Class of 2021 includes 573 candidates from 40 parishes, 18 states and 13 countries, and 579 degrees will be awarded, including 30 associate degrees, 448 bachelor’s degrees, 100 master’s degrees and one education specialist degree.
Doors will open one and one-half hours before each ceremony. For the safety and security of everyone in attendance, no bags larger than 10”x10” will be allowed inside Burton Coliseum and all bags are subject to search.
The times, college ceremonies and college guest speakers are as follows:
9:30 a.m. – College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Business and College of Liberal Arts
Willie Landry Mount (’74) – Lake Charles business owner, civic leader and distinguished mayor and state senator
1 p.m. – Burton College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Professions and College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Burnis J. “B.J.” Hebert (’87), president and chief operating officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical
Both ceremonies will be broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 11, on the official McNeese Facebook page at www.facebook.com/McNeeseStateU and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/McNeeseStateU for family members and friends unable to attend commencement. The morning ceremony will air at 10 a.m. while the afternoon ceremony will air at 1 p.m. The ceremony will also be rebroadcast on the Calcasieu Government Channel at a date to be announced.