This moment is the crowning achievement of countless hours of study, research, counsel, and dedication from the scholars we have the privilege to serve. Congratulations, graduates! The event will be streamed live on our YouTube Channel and HBCU+.


Hobdy Assembly Center

Date: Friday, December 15, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM CST 

Venue: Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center

100 North Stadium Drive

Grambling, LA 71245

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Graduate Studies

Doctor of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Master of Education in Special Education, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Developmental Education, Master of Science in Sports Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Social Work, Post Master’s Certificate


College of Arts and Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Child Development and Early Literacy, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, English, General Studies, History, Mathematics and Physics, Music, Political Science, Visual and Performing Arts

College of Business

Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Management, Marketing


College of Education
Kinesiology, Leisure Studies, Teacher Education degree programs


College of Professional Studies

Criminal Justice, Mass Communications, Nursing, Social Work, Sociology and Psychology

keynote speaker

Eric Kelly

Chairman and CEO/Business and Digital Transformation

Eric Kelly is a high performing, senior executive with a 40+ year career growing and turning around technology companies ranging from pre-public startup to Fortune 100 organizations ─ achieving consistent success running companies in CEO, President, and COO roles. He has served on boards of public companies trading on the U.S. and Canada stock exchanges, private companies, universities, and foundations for the past 20 years. His specific areas of expertise include cybersecurity, complex M&A strategy/execution, international corporate finance, government affairs, business transformations, and leading the strategic visions and product development of software, SAAS, cloud, and artificial intelligence technology companies. Of significant further value in today’s environment, Eric is a thought leader in developing the culture of the companies and senior management in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).


In his current position as Chairman and CEO, he oversees a portfolio of technology companies comprised of Overland Tandberg, a global Hybrid Cloud software and infrastructure enterprise where he led the public to private company acquisition; Bridge 2 Technologies, a next generation SAAS software enterprise; OT Global Technologies, a global IT solution provider, and OT Global Protection, a healthcare technology company. The companies manufacture, develop, service, and operate in over 100 countries.


In previous career roles, Eric was Chairman and CEO of Sphere3D Corporation (Symbol: ANY), focused on cloud and virtualization and Blockchain; CEO and President Overland Tandberg Corporation (Symbol: OVRL) where he orchestrated the turn around by transforming the global operations, changed the technology direction and executing two strategic acquisitions; Chairman and Founder of Silicon Valley Management Partners Corporation, a management consulting and M&A advisory firm in the private equity sector; President of the Systems and Networking division at Maxtor (Symbol: MXO); Vice President and General Manager of Storage Systems and Software at Adaptec Corporation (Symbol: ADPT) Vice President at Dell Technologies $billion enterprise business (Symbol: DELL).

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Eric has also held prior executive positions at Conner Peripherals (CNR) – the fastest growing manufacturing start-up in U.S. history, to reach the Fortune ranking, Hitachi Data System (HTHIY) and IBM (IBM) creating innovative strategies, developing new products, expanding global market footprint, making strategic acquisitions to drive significant gains in revenue, profitability, and market share.


Eric is currently the Chairman of the Economic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, San Jose State University Tower Foundation, Silicon Valley Technology Partners, Overland Tandberg, and Bridge 2 Technologies. He also served as the U.S. advisor for Nomura Securities Venture Group, a leading global investment bank with over $360 billion in assets.


President Obama appointed Mr. Kelly to the Executive Office of President of The United States Council of Advisors on Science, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee. The United States Secretary of Commerce Pritzker appointed Mr. Kelly to the U.S. Department of Commerce Advanced Manufacturing Council as Vice Chairman of the workforce sub-committee.


Eric received an MBA from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Business Management from San Jose State University.



All guests should be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony in designated seating. 
Clear Bag Policy

As families, friends, alumni, and supporters arrive at Grambling State University for Fall 2023 commencement exercises on December 15, preparation should be made to adhere to the clear bag policy. Scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the events will be held in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center and streamed live on Grambling State’s YouTube channel.

Parking will be limited on campus and the area immediately in front of the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center will be closed to allow for pedestrians to walk.

Permitted items include clear totes 12” x 6”x 12” in size with a logo no larger than 4.5”x3.4”; clear storage bag (resealable gallon size); small clutch or wallet no larger than 6.5”x4.5” with or without a handle or strap (can be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag); backless cushions less than 16” in size; and items required for medical, family, or childcare needs.

Prohibited items include balloons, air horns, or gifts (should be left in the vehicle); backpacks, fanny packs, purses larger than 6.5” x 4.5”; cameras with lenses longer than 6”; video cameras; pets; umbrellas; weapons; alcoholic beverages; strollers; food and beverages; beach balls; toilet tissue; artificial noisemakers; and seat cushions larger than 16” or with a zipper, pocket, or compartment.

Graduation Practice
Graduation practice will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Transfer Credits
If you were enrolled in courses at other regionally accredited institutions this semester or there is a hold for another transcript not yet received, please forward the official transcript to so credits may be added to your official transcript for certifying purposes as soon as possible.
Graduation regalia
Candidates may also contact the University Bookstore at (318) 247-1006 regarding ordering regalia and graduation announcements, or order online.
Commencement is a significant ceremony; therefore, the ceremony is expected to be carried out in a proper and dignified manner. To guide candidates in selecting attire for participation the ceremony, outlined below are suggested forms of dress.Cap and Gown
White or Black Dress
White or Black Slacks
Light Color Shirt
Black (or other dark color)Shoes

Your name will appear in the official commencement program.  An official listing of the 2023 Fall Candidates for Graduation will be posted on the GSU graduation webpage. Additional information will be forwarded at a later date related to the commencement exercises.
Honor Students
Students who graduate with honors will receive honor cords.  There will also be a gold sticker placed on the diploma for all undergraduate honor students.
It is imperative that all indebtedness to the University be cleared in a timely manner. Candidates can monitor the clearance process on-line via BannerWeb. (The steps for online graduation clearance are found at the end of this document.).  Please allow approximately (3) business days for your clearance to be processed in the system. Students who have been identified as having delinquent accounts will not be allowed to participate in commencement exercises.
Cancellation of Graduation
If for some reason you are not graduating this semester, please request permission from your academic dean to cancel your graduation application and they will notify the Registrar’s Office.  Upon notification, the cancellation will be processed and updated in BannerWeb, and your graduation hold will be released.  You will then be eligible to register for the upcoming semester.
Diploma Issuance
Diplomas will be released after the commencement ceremony.  If you do not plan to attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed via certified mail in January or you may pick-up in the Office of the Registrar located in Grambling Hall, Suite 18.   Please confirm your mailing address is accurate to avoid any shipping delays.   If your address changed after you applied for graduation, please email your correct mailing address to Remember to include your name and G#, major and college in any correspondence sent to the Registrar’s Office.