Governor-elect to address SU graduates, December 11 - Friday, December 4, 2015
weeks before he officially takes office as the fifty-sixth Governor of
the State of Louisiana, Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards will address the
Fall 2015 graduating class of Southern University Baton Rouge, Friday,
December 11, 2015, in the University's F.G. Clark Activity Center, at
Edwards, who was elected to Louisiana's top office in
November 2015 and who will take office January 11, 2016, will deliver
the commencement address to nearly 500 Southern University December
"Southern University is honored to bring
Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards and his long-held support of higher
education in Louisiana to our campus as we honor our fall graduates,"
said SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton. "We look forward to
his message for forthcoming SU alumni and to his leadership for our
The Amite native serves as the State
Representative for District 72 in Louisiana's North Shore. In the House
of Representatives, he is on the Civil Law and Procedure, Education, and
Judiciary committees as well as the Special Committee on Military and
Veterans Affairs. He is a 1988 Deanís List graduate of the United States
Military Academy at West Point. After eight years of active duty with
the US Army as an Airborne Ranger, culminating with command of a rifle
company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he
went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University's
Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Edwards graduated as valedictorian of
his Amite High School class. As one of eight children from a family long
dedicated to public service, Edwards carries on the family tradition.
With a father who was the elected sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish - the
Edwards have four generations of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs in their
family lineage with John Belís brother Daniel currently serving as
West Palm Beach, Florida native, Imani Martina Williams,
will lead the 2015 fall graduating class as chief student marshal. She
has a 3.806 GPA, the highest of 498 students who will also receive their
diplomas at commencement.
Williams went to Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth, Fla. and graduated in the top 25 percent of her class in 2012.