BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Friday, Dec. 14, hundreds of college students got to walk across the stage as graduates.
LSU and SU each celebrating their fall commencement ceremonies. Among them was one special man, Johnnie Jones, an 83-year-old Vietnam War veteran who earned his PhD in human ecology, making him the oldest African American to receive a degree in LSU’s history. And he’s not done either. LSU says he’s gearing up for the law school admission test and hopes to continue pursuing his education.
Nearly 500 graduates from SU received their degrees. One of the speakers was an SU alum, Dr. Maurice Sholas, a physician and principal for Sholas Medical Consulting, llc.
“Southern gave me the confidence to stand with those from corners of the world I’d never heard of,” he said.
And 1,950 students graduated from LSU. The school awarded the most degrees to Asian and Hispanic students ever during a fall semester, and the second most to African American students. The 1,950 graduates include 1,386 bachelor’s degrees, 477 master’s and professional degrees, and 87 doctoral degrees.