UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI: Students from the New Orleans area who received master's degrees during University of Southern Mississippi commencement exercises May 12 and 13 were James Patrick Hall, of New Orleans, business administration; Amanda Denise Lewis, of New Orleans, library and information science; and Jordan Vickers, of Lafitte, business administration. Local students receiving bachelor's degrees were:

  • Jeanne Reneé Ancar, of New Orleans
  •  Ashley Ann Aucoin, of Avondale
  • Abigail Rose Barbier, of Metairie
  • Lauren Barrois, of Gretna
  • Renee Therese Boudreaux, of New Orleans
  • Deanna Elizabeth Cheathem, of Luling
  • Ryan Anthony Dufrene, of Marrero
  • Juliette M. Folse, of Luling
  • Maggie Alexis Goldring, of Metairie
  • Justin Guillot, of New Orleans
  • Charles Gerald Jones, of Gretna
  • Elizabeth Ashley Ladner, of New Orleans
  • Reanna Lynne Martinez, of Kenner
  • Katelyn J. Nugent, of Harvey
  • Catherine Elizabeth Panepinto, of Metairie
  • Destiny Ann Ponville, of Kenner
  • Kaila Iona Rayfield, of New Orleans
  • Kirsten Violet Sahuque, of Metairie
  • Matthew J. Shelton, of New Orleans
  • Brandon Patrick Yrle, of New Orleans.

LEADERSHIP LSU: At Louisiana State University, 46 students have completed the Leadership LSU program, a series of group discussions and extracurricular lecture focusing on the concepts of adaptive leadership. Adaptive leaders engage others and build their own capacity to address complex social issues from within communities, rather than simply solve issues for others. Members of the Leadership LSU Class of 2017 from the New Orleans area are:

  • Angela Bautista, of Metairie, a mass communication senior concentrated in political communication
  • John Brown, of Luling, a biological sciences senior
  • Brittany Klein, of Metairie, a communication disorders senior
  • Kaylin Parker, of Luling, a mass communication senior concentrated in public relations
  • Ashley Pattison, of Metairie, a psychology senior
  • Jacques Petit, of Luling, a senior double majoring in economics and mass communication concentrated in political communication
  • Francesca Tusa, of New Orleans, a communication disorders senior.

LSU ACCOUNTING: More than 40 students were presented with scholarships in recognition of their academic accomplishments at the awards banquet of the department of accounting at Louisiana State University. The following students from the New Orleans area received scholarships at the banquet:

  • Halie Englade, of Reserve, and Yiwen Huang, of Metairie, $2,000 PricewaterhouseCoopers scholarships
  •  Annie Huynh, of Gretna, $1,696 Becker Professional Education Certificate
  • Maria Rodriguez, of Destrehan, $1,000 Ernst & Young scholarship
  • Rachel Koorie, of Kenner, $1,000 Postlethwaite & Netterville auditing scholarship
  • Christine O’Brien, of Harahan, $500 Auguste Goronzy scholarship.

SLU NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES: Maya Gauthier, of Hahnville, and Erin Hargis, of Luling, received the Dean's Award, the highest honor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University, at the college's annual honors convocation. Gauthier and Harris are in the communication sciences and disorders program. Gauthier also received the Health and Human Sciences Dean's Award and the Emma LaDew Memorial Fund Award in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Hargis also received the Health and Human Sciences Dean's Award.

TULANE COMMENCEMENT: Honorary degrees will be presented to actress Helen Mirren, the keynote speaker; jazz great Branford Marsalis; civil rights leader Diane Nash; and Shelley Taylor, a pioneer in the field of health psychology during the Tulane University commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. May 20, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. More than 2,800 Tulane degrees will be awarded Saturday. 

NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Pelican Awards recognizing support for Nunez Community College, or community colleges generally, were presented recently to Jessica Vallelungo, career and technical education coordinator for the St. Bernard Parish Schools; and to Devany Bodden, a member of the Class of 2017 at Nunez. Recognition Day also provided an opportunity to present service awards to the following people:

  • 20 years: Ernest Frazier, Jr., Chester Mock, Faye Dawn Wilson and Teresa Smith
  • 15 years: Michelle Bennett, Karen Dragon, Jason Hosch and Juliette Paul-Jackson
  • 10 years: Greg Bazin, Yolanda Holmes, Becky Maillet, Pattie Timmons, Leonard Unbehagen and Earl Wilson
  • 5 years: Kathleen LeBlanc, Shirley Milbern and Errol Schultz.

DELGADO PHARMACY TECH: All nine Spring 2017 graduates of the pharmacy technician program at Delgado Community College have passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The PTCE is the only nationally recognized exam for certification as a pharmacy technician.