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Contact: Christine Payton Oct. 25, 2010
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is reviving a tradition during its Fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Cajundome.

The university will hold a General Commencement Ceremony at 9 a.m. All graduates will be in procession during this ceremony.

“ The decision to return to the General Commencement was to restore a tradition cherished by many previous graduates,”Dr. DeWayne Bowie, Vice President for Enrollment and Commencement chair. “And, this is a tradition that many top universities around the world have celebrated for centuries.”

Dr. Cindy Courville, former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, will be the guest speaker for the assembly. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in political science at UL Lafayette and also earned a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies in comparative politics and international relations.

Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, she served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council where she developed and coordinated U.S. policy engagement with Africa.

Her professional experience includes 10 years in the university arena as a member of the political science faculty at Hanover College in Indiana and Occidental College in Los Angeles. She was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Zimbabwe; a Shell Oil Fellow at the University of Denver; and a Ford Minority Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Bowie said Ph.D. will be conferred during the general assembly. The university’s top undergraduates will also be recognized.

Following the assembly, each of the university’s academic colleges will hold separate ceremonies. Master’s degrees will be awarded during these ceremonies.

The schedule for these ceremonies is as follows:

12:30 p.m. – College of Liberal Arts
3:30 p.m. – B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration
Cajundome Convention Center - Festival Ballroom (2nd Floor)
12:30 p.m. – Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
3:30 p.m. – College of Engineering
Cajundome Convention Center - Exhibit Hall (1st Floor)
12:30 p.m. – College of Education
3:30 p.m. – College of General Studies
Angelle Hall (main campus)
12:30 p.m. – College of the Arts
3:30 p.m. – College of Nursing

Document last revised Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:54 AM

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