Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will be the keynote speaker at Southern University – New Orleans’ spring commencement exercises.

Landrieu, a Democrat, served nearly two decades in the Senate before losing her re-election bid in December to Republican Bill Cassidy.

In the news release announcing Landrieu’s appearance, SUNO noted the then-senator’s efforts to help the school in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This year is the 10th anniversary of Katrina.

SUNO’s graduation will be held at 4 p.m. May 9 in Kiefer Lakefront Arena.