LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association honors Kenneth Blanchard Sr. and Dr. J. Keith Melancon with its 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

The award is the highest honor bestowed on former students by the Alumni Association, according to a ULL news release.

Both men will be honored during a reception planned Friday at the Alumni Center and will ride in Saturday’s homecoming parade, which begins at 10 a.m.

Blanchard retired from Superior Energy Services in December as chief operating officer and president. He remains a senior adviser to the company.

Blanchard is a native of New Iberia and was part of the 1970 Ragin’ Cajuns football team that competed in the Grantland Rice Bowl. He completed his degree in business administration.

Melancon is a 1982 graduate of ULL and is director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Georgetown University. He has pioneered innovations in kidney transplantation.

He performed the first blood-typing incompatible kidney transplant, the first human leukocyte antigen-incompatible kidney transplant and the first paired kidney exchange in the Washington, D.C., area. His work has been featured on the Discovery Health Channel as part of a series that documented a successful triple kidney transplant.