LSU: Five students from the New Orleans area are among 24 LSU seniors who received University Medals for graduating with the highest undergraduate grade-point averages as part of commencement exercises Dec. 15. They are Erin Arnold, of River Ridge, Braxton Duhon, of Reserve, and Alexander Matherne, of Norco, College of Humanities & Social Sciences; and Ashley Pou, of New Orleans and Marissa Wehrer, of Kenner, E.J. Ourso College of Business. 

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS: Jennifer Renee Kooy, of New Orleans, is one of more than 1,300 candidates for degrees from the University of Kansas after the fall 2017 semester. Her master's degree in education will be awarded in January.