LSU holds virtual graduation ceremony

LSU holds virtual graduation ceremony
A virtual celebration was held Friday, Aug. 7 for LSU graduates. (Source: LSU)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Friday, Aug. 7, LSU celebrated more than 600 spring graduates with a virtual celebration.

The virtual celebration was held on LSU’s Facebook page, and after the ceremony, graduates’ names were displayed on the scoreboards in Tiger Stadium.

LSU displayed the names of its graduates on the scoreboard in Tiger Stadium Friday, Aug. 7.
LSU displayed the names of its graduates on the scoreboard in Tiger Stadium Friday, Aug. 7. (Source: LSU)

In total, 609 degrees were awarded.

LSU’s virtual ceremony featured many special things, including:

  • A Year in Review video
  • LSU alumnus and Hamilton San Francisco member, Deaundré Woods, singing the Star Spangled Banner and Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • Messages from Interim President Tom Galligan, Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie, and Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Werner
  • Messages from the deans of the senior colleges
  • LSU School of Music faculty and staff performing the LSU alma mater

“With your graduation today, you have proven you are precisely the people we need to lead us in the future. As you go forward on your journey, I urge you to focus not on the challenges you are confronted with, but on the opportunities created by them,” Galligan said. “Always remember the resiliency, optimism and hard work th,at brought you to this day, for these are the same traits that will help you reach many more milestones in your lives and in your careers.”

“Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We are all so proud of you and all you have persevered through to reach this day,” Werner said. “You step out into a world of a lot of uncertainty, but you’ve already come through so much. We know there are great things ahead and can’t wait to see you back.”

LSU officials say all spring graduates will have the chance to walk during a future LSU graduation ceremony. Graduates’ names are listed on LSU’s commencement website.

“Class of 2020 will forever designate you as a graduate who is fierce and resilient, and who persists even in the face of a pandemic,” Haynie said. “While I won’t be able to deliver your diploma to you in-person, or shake your hand, or be there cheering with your family and your friends, know that my excitement could not be greater, even if it’s virtual.”

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