LSU graduated its largest class in history Friday at the 298th commencement exercises.

A record 4,442 degrees were awarded. The overall class of 2019 had 7,047 degrees, including students receiving degrees in summer and fall commencements combined.

“You are needed to make the world a better place. You have the tools, the skills and the talent to do so, and the benefits you reap can impact not only your own life, but have a ripple effect around the globe,” LSU President F. King Alexander told to the graduates.

The class of 2019 also was the most diverse. LSU awarded the most degrees ever to female students, 3,826; African-American students with 766 degrees; Hispanic students, 418 degrees; and Asian students, 271 degrees.

In her keynote address, Professor Gabriela González told the graduates about an important lesson she learned during her time at college: Set ambitious goals and work hard, but be flexible and recognize new talents and new opportunities as they arise.

LSU’s May 2019 graduating class represents 57 Louisiana parishes, 49 U.S. states and 63 foreign countries. Women made up 55.56% of the class, and men made up 44.44%. The oldest graduate is 72, and the youngest is 19.

The 4,442 total graduates are made up of 3,405 students who received bachelor’s degrees; 712 who received master’s degrees; 79 who received education specialist or graduate certificates; 113 who received a Ph.D.; 17 who received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree; 83 who received Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; and 33 who received a post-bachelorette certificate.

Also, 29 LSU employees were among those who received degrees this spring.

Area graduates include:

EAST FELICIANA PARISH

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Philip Lamar Green Jr., Clinton.

COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES & EDUCATION

Ryan Paulsen Armstrong, Clinton;

Casey Charln Landreneau, Slaughter;

Heather Marie Soulier, Slaughter.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Helen Margaret Martin, Clinton.

WEST FELICIANA PARISH

E.J. OURSO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Michael Edward Mebruer, St. Francisville.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Austin Carl Goodfellow, St. Francisville;

Holly Kimberley Midkiff, St. Francisville.

COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES & EDUCATION

Lorna Katherine Klein, St. Francisville.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Ashlynn Victoria Buzbee, St. Francisville;

Mary Quin Louviere, St. Francisville;

Cameron Lee Stokes, St. Francisville.

MANSHIP SCHOOL OF MASS COMMUNICATION

Zoe Lane Williamson, St. Francisville.

COLLEGE OF THE COAST AND ENVIRONMENT

Warneiseya Dominique Davis, St. Francisville.

GRADUATE SCHOOL

(MASTER'S)

Sarah Elizabeth Burrows, St. Francisville;

Lauren Michelle Jordan, St. Francisville;

Daryneshia Daunshea Weaver, St. Francisville