LSU holds summer commencement

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander delivered the commencement address, and 715 students received degrees during LSU’s 281st commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 9.

Alexander, who presided over commencement for the first time as LSU president and chancellor, congratulated the graduates and stressed that this accomplishment doesn’t only belong to them. It also belongs to their families, the LSU faculty and staff, the state of Louisiana and LSU’s alumni around the world.

Of the 715 graduates, 194 earned master’s degrees, eight received a certificate of education specialist and 123 received doctoral degrees.

The August 2013 graduating class represented 43 Louisiana parishes, 33 U.S. states and 32 foreign countries. Men made up 50.63 percent of the graduates, and women made up 49.37 percent. The oldest graduate was 66 and three graduates were the youngest at 20.

Iberville Parish

College of Agriculture

Whitney Maximilian Plaisance, St. Gabriel

Alicia Leona Thomas, Plaquemine

College of Human Sciences & Education

Nicole Michelle Aucoin, St. Gabriel

Matthew Chad “Beast” Martin, White Castle

Ashtin June Wille, Grosse Tete

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mason Lake, Plaquemine

Nicholas Anthony Landry, Plaquemine

Kristen Elizabeth Merritt, Plaquemine

Manship School of Mass Communications

Brandi Nicole Miller, Plaquemine

College of Science

Michael Patrick Guidry, Plaquemine

Kendall Meredith Knight, White Castle

Graduate School (Master’s)

Jennifer Lynn Tubbs Castania, Plaquemine

Blake Jude Lawhon, Plaquemine

Amanda Theresa Marionneaux, Plaquemine

Amanda Talbot Percle, Plaquemine

Amanda Leigh Ruggiero, Plaquemine