Northwestern State University awarded degrees to 925 graduates in Prather Coliseum on Dec. 18.

The students completed coursework in the summer and fall semesters.

Commencement speaker was 2016 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year and Northwestern State alumna Nicole Vasquez.

Of the 925 diplomas awarded, 627 went to fall semester students from the following areas:

GREENWELL SPRINGS: Shannon Youngblood, Master of Science

ZACHARY: Bradley McPherson, bachelor of general studies; and D’Nez Bob, Bachelor of Science.