GSU Commencement Activities

More than 300 students are expected to graduate during Grambling State University’s fall commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

GSU President Richard Gallot Jr. will deliver his first commencement address since assuming
the presidency.

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson will be the keynote speaker. commencement speaker.

The university plans to award 257 bachelor’s degrees, 84 master’s degrees and 5 doctorates.

An honorary degree will be awarded to the family of Scott Cameron Miller, a principal of Miller Funeral Home and Reliable Insurance Company and a former GSU student.

Miller, through unparalleled service and active community involvement, touched the lives of many students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Grambling State University as well as the general public. Every community along the Interstate 20 corridor, an integral region of the GSU network, has been positively impacted by the Miller Funeral Home enterprise.

Johnson was named Louisiana’s Supreme Court Chief Justice in February 2013. Since then, she has led as an advocate for social justice and civil rights. She worked as a community organizer with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Prior to joining the state’s highest court, Chief Justice Johnson has also served as a member of the court’s Legal Services Task Force and the National Campaign on Best Practices in the area of Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.

She holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Spelman College, and is a member of the National Bar Association Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.

The Commencement Exercises will be livestreamed on the University’s official YouTube channel:

Other graduation activities include:

  • Department of Biology will host a Graduation Luncheon for graduates at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Carver Hall in Room 22.
  • The College of Social Work will host a Graduation Reception for all graduating students and their families at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Jacob T. Stewart in Room 262. Five speakers will address the graduates: Dr. Elise Reed, Professor Cassandra Peoples, BSW Program Director Clarence Williams, Professor Xavier Henson, and Dr. Carolyn Hester, Associate Dean.
  • Department of Mass Communication will host a Graduating Exit Workshop Luncheon for its fall graduates at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Washington Complex in Room 203.
  • The Army ROTC program will commission a group of three second lieutenants at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Favrot Student Union, Black and Gold Room. Lt Col. Denise Moultrie will address the cadets: Kimberly Spikes, Jackie Moore-Johnson Jr, and Spencer Robinson.

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