BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU and Southern University held their main commencement ceremonies Friday morning.
LSU's graduation started at 9 a.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Congressman Steve Scalise served as commencement speaker.
He challenged the recent grads to find a way to stay engaged in the community and if at all possible, stay in the State of Louisiana.
"You'll have opportunities around the country; you'll have opportunities all over the world, but if you have the opportunity, please stay in Louisiana and use these great talents you have to make this a better state," Scalise said.
LSU's 295th commencement set another record with 3,967 graduates. Several other records were set this semester among minority groups. A record 402 degrees were awarded to African American students, 232 degrees to Hispanic students, 161 degrees to Asian students, and 78 degrees awarded to veterans.
Southern's graduation began at 10 a.m. at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Political commentator and social activist Angela Rye was the commencement speaker. Also, Southern streamed its graduation ceremony live online.
More than 650 students received degrees, including 419 undergraduates and 198 graduate candidates. There were 137 honor graduates (one summa cum laude, eight magna cum laude, 27 cum laude, and 101 honorable mentions).
WAFB would like to congratulate all grads who earned their degrees.