McNeese State University will hold its 151st commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Burton Coliseum.
The fall class of 2018 includes 586 candidates from 35 parishes, 22 states and 14 countries, and 605 degrees will be awarded, including 42 associate degrees, 447 bachelor’s degrees, 115 master’s degrees and one education specialist degree.
Dr. C. Mitchell Adrian, provost and vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management at McNeese, will preside over the commencement ceremony, recognize retiring faculty and confer degrees on candidates.
McNeese President Dr. Daryl V. Burckel will welcome the fall candidates.
Brad A. Guillory, president-elect of the McNeese Alumni Association, will address the students on behalf of the association.
Several honor graduates will also be recognized during the ceremony. They are designated as summa cum laude (3.90-4.00), magna cum laude (3.70-3.89) and cum laude (3.50-3.69).
The presentation of degree candidates will be announced by John Bridges for the six colleges, the Doré School of Graduate Studies and the Department of General and Basic Studies.
Vocal performance seniors Layton Bergstedt, Tyler Brumback, Amy Phillips and Ashley Traughber 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.
The McNeese commencement ceremony will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/McNeeseStateU for family members and friends unable to attend commencement. The ceremony will also be broadcast on the Calcasieu Government Channel at a date to be announced.