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Contact: Christine Payton April 12, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Retired Lt. General Russel Honoré will be the keynote speaker for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12.

The former commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and global preparedness expert will speak to graduates during the General Assembly at 11 a.m. in the Cajundome.

Honoré led the U.S. Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. He served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on defense support to civil authorizes and homeland defense.

For four of the past six hurricane seasons, he supported the DoD’s planning and response. Honoré also planned and supported the U.S. military response to the devastating flood, which swept Venezuela in 1999 and Mozambique in 2000.

Among his awards and decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Honoré retired on Fed. 29, 2008, following 37 years of active service with the U.S. Army. He continues to speak and consult nationally on building a culture of preparedness and is a CNN contributor.

In addition to the General Assembly, individual academic college ceremonies will be held May 12. That schedule is as follows:

• 8 a.m. College of General Studies
• 1:30 p.m. B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration
• 4 p.m. College of Liberal Arts

Cajundome Convention Center – Festival Ballroom (second floor)
• 8 a.m. Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Cajundome Convention Center – Exhibit Hall B (first floor)
• 8 a.m. College of Nursing
• 1:30 p.m. College of Education
• 4 p.m. College of Engineering

Angelle Hall (main campus)
• 8 a.m. College of the Arts


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and is a national leader in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

Document last revised Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:40 AM

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