Friday, May 17, 2024

LSUS to celebrate record-breaking graduating class in Friday ceremonies

by BIZ Magazine

BOSSIER CITY – LSUS will be conferring a record-breaking number of degrees Friday at its graduation ceremonies in Brookshire Grocery Arena.

LSUS will graduate 1,355 students for the 2024 Spring semester, topping the institution’s previous record of 1,344 students in the Summer of 2021.

This spring’s graduating class is the 13th consecutive group of at least 1,000 graduates dating back to 2020 Spring.

Approximately 900 graduates are expected to attend the graduation ceremonies in person.

The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with graduates assigned to a ceremony based on their college, except for Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration graduates (split by last name).

No tickets are required to attend the event, and graduates can invite as many guests as they would like to the 14,000-seat arena. Parking is free.

The ADA entrance is located on the north side of the building, which includes a wheelchair accessible ramp. Parking lot A is reserved for handicapped guests.

LSUS alumnus Brian Crawford, who is a senior vice president at Willis Knighton Health after an incredibly diverse career that included being a paramedic, the Shreveport Fire Chief and the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Shreveport, will deliver the keynote address.

Both ceremonies will be livestreamed through the LSUS YouTube channel.

GRADUATION STATISTICS

Of the 1,355 degrees that will be conferred, 83 percent (1,127) are masters degrees.

The Master of Business Administration (746), the Master of Health Administration (169) and the Master of Education (131) are the most popular programs.

Undergraduate students account for 225 degrees this spring with the College of Business (86 graduates and 12 certificates) leading the way.

Three doctorates in Leadership Studies will also be awarded.

WHERE ARE THEY FROM?

LSUS spring graduates hail from 49 U.S. states and territories and 29 countries.

Nearly 41 percent (535 graduates) call Louisiana home with Texas (126), Florida (96), California (62), Georgia (53)Tennessee (34), Ohio (26), New York (25), Virginia (23) Illinois (22), Mississippi (22) and Alabama (20) all containing at least 20 graduates.

Fifty-two graduates are international students with Nigeria being the most popular home country in this graduating class. Six come from India, four from the United Kingdom and three from Canada and Mexico are other notable locales.

The graduating class is truly from across the globe as one graduate hails from the Coral Sea Islands off the coast of Australia and one from Navassa Island, close to Haiti and Jamaica. Two Jamaicans are also represented in this class.

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