More than 380 South Louisiana Community College will receive degrees during the college’s Fall 2014 Commencement at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Cajundome Convention Center.

“Making the decision to earn an education is sometimes the hardest part, especially when someone is faced with adversity,” SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder said in a news release announcing commencement plans. “Congratulations to our graduates on a job well done and for achieving this great milestone.”

Gregg Gothreaux, president and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, will serve as commencement speaker.

Gothreaux began his career as an economic developer with Gulf States Utilities in Lake Charles in the 1980s and joined LEDA as its CEO in July 1995.

“In his nearly 20 years at LEDA, Gothreaux has contributed substantially to the economic growth and stability of Lafayette through the organization’s role in retaining and attracting some of the area’s most influential businesses,” college officials said.

Gothreaux received his bachelor’s degree from LSU in 1980. He went on to become a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas.