Spring 2019 Graduation Image 1Spring 2021 Commencement

Congratulations to the students, parents, and families that will help celebrate the Spring 2021 graduating class during Spring Commencement. This year’s graduation marks a milestone of student achievement and success for the family, faculty, and supporters who help develop eager students into prepared graduates. Because this unprecedented time caused a shift in our usual schedule, we have planned multiple ceremonies to celebrate graduates and accommodate for social distancing and capacity guidelines mandated by the State of Louisiana. We look forward to celebrating with you!
 Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, 100 North Stadium Drive, Grambling, LA 71245 | View in Google Maps
Commencement Schedule

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021 | 9:00 A.M.

This ceremony is for all students earning graduate degrees/certificates and undergraduate students who completed the bachelor-level degree programs listed below.

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

 College of Professional Studies
(Undergraduate students with majors in Criminal Justice, Mass Communications, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, & Sociology)


 Graduate Studies
Only the degree programs listed below

Doctor of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching,  Master of Education in Special Education,  Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, 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

  THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021 | 9:00 A.M.

 This ceremony is for all undergraduate/graduate students who completed the degree programs listed:

 Graduate Studies
Only the degree programs listed below

Master of Arts in Social Sciences & Master of Public Administration

 College of Business
Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Management, Marketing



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

  Commencement Speakers

April 14

9 a.m. — Randall B. Reed
Director of Quality-Sales for the U.S. affiliate of Eli Lilly & Company, Reed received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Grambling State in 1988. He has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for 32 years and has been a long-time advocate within the pharmaceutical industry for recruiting scientists from Grambling State and other HBCUs. While at Grambling State, Randall was initiated into the Delta Sigma chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and he is now a lifetime member of the fraternity. He supports community programs that improve the lives and provide opportunities for African American youth. He has been honored by the Indiana Black Expo for his long-term role volunteering as a Big Brother within the Big Brother/Big Sister Organization.

April 15

9 a.m. — The Honorable Yvette Mansfield Alexander
Judge Alexander earned a B.A. in Political Science from Grambling State. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from the Louisiana State University Law Center, where she attended law school on the Earl Warren Legal Scholarship. After law school, Judge Alexander worked as counsel for the Louisiana State Legislature and the Louisiana State Senate. From 1988-1995, she served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Louisiana Department of State, and as an Ex-Officio Member of both the Louisiana State Bond Commission and the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Judge Alexander practiced law for over 17 years before being elected to Division D of the Baton Rouge City Court in 1995. She was the first African American woman to be elected to that court and also the first to serve as the court’s chief judge.


Is attendance open to the public?
Capacity restrictions due to COVID-19 prevents us from making the event open to the community at large. Attendance has been prioritized for graduates and their families. Please be advised that social distancing will be practiced with seating and masks are mandatory. All commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on our YouTube page. Information for attendees is available in the visitor’s guide.

I am an upcoming graduate, where do I get the passes?
You will pick up your passes from the assembly center the day before your graduation ceremony.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions, please contact us at

Graduate Information

Memo to Recommended Candidates for Graduation - Clearance Process for additional information and to access all necessary documents.
Archive Video will be available following the event on our youtube page.
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External Media Coverage 

External media are asked to contact the Office of University Communications at or 318-243-5012 for further information regarding admittance to commencement and to make interview requests. All external media must park in a designated parking area (the loading dock area at the back of the Assembly Center), and are required to show media credentials to enter the parking area and the back of the building.


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