SUS campuses hold 2016 spring commencements, honor top grads - Friday, May 13, 2016
The Southern University System awarded more than 1500 degrees to diverse
classes among it’s four campuses spring commencement exercises this
Southern University Baton Rouge
above left: United States Congressman Cedric Richmond delivered the
commencement address for Southern University Baton Rouge’s spring
commencement exercises Friday, May 13, 2016, in the F.G. Clark Activity
above right: Arnedia K. Wallace of Dubberly, Louisiana was chief
student marshal for Southern University Baton Rouge's 2016 Spring
Commencement exercises, Friday, May 13, 2016, in the F.G. Clark Activity
University Baton Rouge awarded posthumous undergraduate degrees to
Lashuntae Benton and Annette January during its spring commencement
exercises Friday, May 13, 2016, in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Benton was awarded a degree in therapeutic recreation and leisure
studies, and January was awarded a degree in business management.
Lashuntae Benton's mother Theresa Washington Tillman (pictured above
left photo) accepted the commemorative diploma from SU System President
Ray L. Belton. Annette January's mother Dawn January (pictured above
right photo center) and her sisters Casey (pictured right photo left)
and Chantel January (pictured right photo second from left) received the
memorial degree from Belton and SU Board of Supervisors member Raymond
Rouge native, local businessman, and former state representative Joseph
A. Delpit (pictured left photo), and Congressman Richmond (pictured
right photo), were each awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters
degrees from Southern University during spring graduation exercises
Friday, May 13, 2016 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Assisting with
Joseph Delpit's hooding is Lisa Delpit, Felton G. Clark Distinguished
Professor, SUBR College of Education, and SU System Board of Supervisors
chairman Leon R. Tarver II. Hooding Richmond is SU Board of Supervisors
chairman Leon R. Tarver II and SU Board of Supervisors member Ann
Southern University Baton Rouge recognized nearly 600 candidates for graduation during its spring commencement exercises, Friday, May 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
chief student marshal was Arnedia K. Wallace, with a cumulative grade
point average of 4.0. She was a political science major from Dubberly,
United States Congressman Cedric Richmond delivered
the commencement address. Congressman Richmond represents Louisiana’s
2nd Congressional District in the United States House of
The University awarded posthumous undergraduate
degrees to Lashuntae Benton and Annette January. Benton was awarded a
degree in therapeutic recreation and leisure studies, and January was
awarded a degree in business management.
SUBR Naval ROTC
Midshipman 1st Class Nsombi Roberts received her bachelor of science
degree in chemistry, and is the first African-American woman from a
Naval ROTC program to be selected into the Nuclear Submarine Pipeline
Baton Rouge native, local businessman, and
former state representative Joseph A. Delpit, and Congressman Richmond,
were each awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the
annual spring graduation exercises.
Southern University New Orleans
Pictured above left: SUNO Spring 2016 summa cum laude graduates at
commencement May 7, 2016 at UNO Lakefront Arena (from left) Lakaley
Melissa Tillery, Jana Reininghaus, Jesse Drew Roger, Stephanie Buhl, and
top graduate Samuel Okpechi.
above right: SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton hoods Gov.
John Bel Edwards as SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo presents the governor
with a doctor of humanities honorary degree during SUNO’s commencement
May, 7, 2016, at the UNO Lakefront Arena.
University New Orleans awarded 514 degrees Saturday, May 7, 2016, during
its spring commencement exercises at the University of New Orleans
Governor John Bel Edwards gave the commencement
address. Following his brief remarks, the Governor received a hood and a
doctor of humanities honorary degree from Southern University
President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton and SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo.
2016 Class consisted of 66 honor graduates: five suma cum Laude, 16
magna cum laude, 40 cum laude, and five honors. Biology and pre-med
major Samuel Okpechi graduated with the highest grade-point average of
3.937. The other summa cum laude graduates are Stephanie Buhl (3.930),
Jesse Drew Roger (3.898), Jana Reininghaus (3.881) and Lakaley Melissa
After leading SUNO for 10 years, Chancellor
Ukpolo presided over his last sommencement. He will step down as
Chancellor on June 30.
Southern University Shreveport
above left: Southern University Shreveport Chancellor Rodney Ellis
with 2016 Spring Commencement speaker Bernice King, May 3, 2016, at the
Shreveport Convention Center.Southern
University Shreveport, May 3, 2016, hosted its Spring 2016 Commencement
Exercises at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Pictured above right: Southern
University Shreveport Chancellor Rodney Ellis gives diploma to chief
student marshal Anthony Rounds II at 2016 Spring Commencement in the
Shreveport Convention Center, May 3, 2016. Rosetta Jones, SUSLA vice
chancellor for academic and student affairs looks on.
daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
and chief executive officer of The King Center, which was founded by
her mother in 1968, served as the commencement speaker. Her address to
graduates was centered around making good use of time we’re given. She
encouraged students to give back to SUSLA.
recognized chief student marshal, and the first graduate from a 100
percent online program. Anthony Rounds II earned a 4.0 GPA while
pursuing an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice
administration. A Shreveport native, Rounds graduated from Southwood
High School in 2011. He plans to immediately join the Caddo Parish
Sheriff’s Department and continue his studies as an online student at
Northwestern State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal
Nicole Ester-Capers is the first student to graduate
from the SUSLA online program in business management. Ester-Capers, also
a Shreveport native, graduated from Northwood High School and pursued a
career in the United States Navy at which time she started her college
career studying accounting and business. After returning to Shreveport,
Ester-Capers continued her education and started working for the City
of Shreveport and is currently the grant goordinator for the Shreveport
During the 2016 Spring Commencement Exercises,
305 degrees, certificates and technical diplomas were conferred to
include completers for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.
at the Southern University Commencement, May 7, 2016, in the F.G. Clark
Activity Center are (from left) Governor John Bel Edwards, 2016 SULC
commencement speaker; Edward Larvadain, Class of 1966, a Golden Alumnus;
top students, Evening Division, Elizabeth O’Quin of Prairieville,
Louisiana, and Day Division Rachal Cox of Benton, Louisiana; outgoing
SBA president and member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Patrick J
Harrington of Benton, Louisiana; and Chancellor John K. Pierre.
Southern University Law Center
In congratulating the more than 150 graduates of the Southern University Law Center at the May 7, 2016 Commencement,
Governor John Bel Edwards stated that he is sure that they are going to
make the "great state of Louisiana and the world even greater.”
154 SULC graduates included 36 honor graduates (seven magna cum laude
and 29 cum laude). The top students are Day Division, Rachal D. Cox of
Bossier City, Louisiana, and Evening Division, Elizabeth O'Quin of
Courtney N. Harris of Shreveport,
Louisiana, earned a dual degree JD/MPA; Amy Anazia of McComb,
Mississippi; and JaQuay Jackson Gray of Lake Charles, Louisiana, both
earned a Public Law Certificate.
It was the first commencement
presided over by the newly appointed Chancellor John K. Pierre.
Alexandria, Louisiana, attorney Edward Larvadain, SULC Class of 1966,
represented the newest members to the ranks of Golden Alumni.