Louisiana State University recognized 1,950 graduates at the university’s 297th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 14.

The 1,950 degrees awarded is a new record for LSU’s fall graduation. In addition, the university awarded the most degrees to Asian and Hispanic students ever during a fall semester and awarded the second most degrees to African-American students during any fall commencement.

The 1,950 graduates included 1,386 bachelor’s degrees; 477 master’s and professional degrees or certificates; and 87 doctoral degrees. The graduates represented 51 Louisiana parishes, 45 states and 42 foreign countries. Among the graduates were 19 LSU employees who received degrees.

The youngest graduate was 20, while the oldest was 83-year-old veteran Johnnie Jones, who in receiving his Ph.D. became the eldest student to receive a graduate degree in the fall semester and the eldest African American to ever receive a degree from LSU.

The following West Baton Rouge Parish residents were awarded degrees:

Courtney A LaMotte of Port Allen from the E. J. Ourso College of Business

Matthew James Begue of Brusly from the College of Engineering

Brady Michael Bergeron of Port Allen from the College of Engineering

Thomas Stanley Gauthreaux of Brusly from the College of Engineering

Jamar Keon Smith of Port Allen from the College of Engineering

Courtney Nicole Blanchard of Port Allen from the College of Human Sciences & Education

Darren McKay Chauvin, II of Brusly from the College of Human Sciences & Education

Heather Rae Murry of Port Allen from the College of Human Sciences & Education

Jeffrey Joseph Budd of Brusly from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Lance Michael Budd of Brusly from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Amy Renee Gregoire of Addis from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Alex Joseph Rabalais of Port Allen from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Taylor Nicole Toups of Brusly from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Kimi Terrell Clopton of Port Allen from the College of Science

Graduate School

Rebecca Acosta Burdette of Brusly earned a Master's Degree

Jeffrey Brian deVeer of Port Allen earned a Master's Degree

Rebecca Acosta Burdette of Brusly earned a Doctorate

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