Locals earn degrees at LSU’s Fall Commencement

Published 2:47 pm Saturday, December 24, 2022

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BATON ROUGE – LSU is awarding 1,805 degrees to graduates at the university’s 309th commencement exercises today. These new LSU alumni and their hometowns can be viewed on the LSU Graduates List and the LSU Commencement website.

The fall graduating class represents 44 Louisiana parishes, 43 states and 41 countries. Women comprise 55.24 percent of the class, and men comprise 44.76%. The youngest graduates are 21, while the oldest is 68 years old. Among the graduates are 36 LSU employees. In addition, the university is awarding the most degrees to African American, Hispanic and multiracial students ever during a fall semester.

Graduates receive a digital version of their newly redesigned diploma—inspired by the diploma awarded to students in 1899, on graduation day, along with a diploma cover. Printed diplomas will be shipped to graduates.

Every degree candidate’s name is called individually at separate ceremonies for each college held at various locations on campus on Friday, December 16.

This fall, 175 students graduated with honors, including 18 students who received the University Medal for graduating with the highest undergraduate grade-point averages in the class.

The following students from the River Parishes participated in the commencement:


Camille Madeline Alack, Destrehan

College of Agriculture- Paidon R. Gravois, Des Allemands; Erin Leslie Matherne, Montz

  1. J. Ourso College of Science – Sarah Jane Lastrapes, Montz; Christopher Timothy Lavin, Luling; Ryan Taylor Worth, Hahnville

College of Engineering – Dylan DeJean, Bayou Gauche; Joseph Paul DiGiovanni, Saint Rose; William Gregory Zeevi Dines, Luling; Bryce Alton Rochelle, Norco; Christopher Michael Zelenka, Destrehan

College of Human Sciences & Education- Camille Madeline Alack, Destrehan; Caroline Elizabeth Julian, Destrehan; Tristan Joseph Toups, Bayou Gauche

College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Margaret Mary Bordelon, Destrehan

College of Science – Gabrielle E. Abate, Hahnville; Tyler Caleb Lobitz, Destrehan; Logan Raymond, Destrehan


St. J. Ourso College of Science – Carli Michelle Hymel, Paulina

College of Engineering – Adam Joseph Martin, Lutcher; Joshua Keith Sherman, Lutcher; Erwin Lionel Simmons, III, St. James

Manship School of Mass Communication – Klein Lambert Herrmann, Lutcher

College of Science – Charity Grace Cooper, St. James; Dominique Brenae Fultz, Lutcher


College of Agriculture – Rael Alberta Shaw, Reserve

St. J. Ourso College of Science – Brenden R. Leake, LaPlace; Luke M. Perret, LaPlace

College of Engineering – Alex Felipe Mejia, LaPlace; Cordelle James Rojo, LaPlace

College of Human Sciences & Education – Amyri Christina Lopez, Edgard; Shalini V. Patel, LaPlace

College of Science – M’Kayla Jonae Hutchinson, LaPlace; Lauren A. St. Pierre, Garyville