Thousands of LSU students could make history this week as one of school's largest graduation classes _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Nancy Mouille, 22, stands with her fellow graduates during the Fall 2014 College of Humanities and Social Sciences graduation in LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in December 2014. Mouille received an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies. LSU recognized 1,578 graduates at the university's 285th commencement, including 1,247 bachelor's degrees, 234 master's and professional degrees or certificates and 97 doctoral degrees.

About 4,000 LSU students are expected to graduate this week in what could be one of the largest graduating classes in the university’s history.

The main commencement ceremony, featuring a keynote address from LSU alumnus and Whole Foods Market Chairman John Elstrott, will take place Thursday at 6:45 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander will preside over the ceremony, LSU Board of Supervisors member Scott Ballard will confer degrees and LSU Faculty Senate President and Professor of English Kevin Cope will serve as mace bearer.

Individual diploma ceremonies, divided by college, will be held Friday at various locations across campus. During those events, each graduate’s name will be called and diplomas will be awarded on stage. Friday’s diploma ceremonies may require tickets for admission.

Speakers for those ceremonies include:

  • James Carville, noted political consultant and LSU alumnus, will speak at the Manship School of Mass Communication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana executive vice president, COO, CFO and treasurer Peggy Scott will speak at the E. J. Ourso College of Business ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
  • Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana, will speak at the College of Art & Design ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Theater.
  • LSU Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Duplessis, an executive at Liberty Bank & Trust Co., will speak at the College of Agriculture ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse.
  • Ron Neal, co-founder and co-owner of Houston Energy, will speak at the College of Science ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse.
  • Rebecca LaPorte, civil engineering graduate, will speak at the College of Engineering ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Maravich Assembly Center.

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