Northwestern State University awarded degrees to 752 students May 8 at spring commencement exercises in Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches.

Alumnus Gary Fields, senior special projects reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was the commencement speaker.

Ascension Parish graduates included the following:

Gonzales: Mary Pintado, Bachelor of Arts; and Catherine Mahan, Bachelor of Science.

Prairieville: Elliott Rodrigue, Bachelor of Music Education; Crystal Hebert and Jessica Viator, Bachelor of Science; Heidi Miles, Master of Education; and Ena Lacy, Master of Science in Nursing.

St. Amant: Brandon Ellis, Bachelor of General Studies; and Addie Wilson, Bachelor of Science.

In a ceremony held prior to the commencements, top graduates from the College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research and the Gallaspy Family College of Education and Human Development were recognized.

Ascension Parish residents Viator and Mahan were among the honorees.