Zachary’s Danielle Kelley was among 11 students — five from the region — who graduated Dec. 19 during LSU Honors College’s 285th commencement exercises.

The Honors College gave special recognition to students who participated in a specific honors program and successfully completed and defended an undergraduate thesis, according to a news release.

Students from the area, listed by hometown, are:

Zachary: Danielle Kelley, bachelor’s degree in mass communication, upper division honors

Baton Rouge: Kaitlyn Daniel, bachelor’s degree in political science, thesis honors; Rachel Tessier, bachelor’s degree in natural resource and ecology management, college honors; Ashley Willis, bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, college honors

Prairieville: Emilie Mativi, bachelor’s degree in mathematics, college honors

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