Lafayette - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Spring 2021 graduates might well be remembered as a class of record setters.
The 1,892 degrees they will collectively earn, for starters, are the second most ever awarded for a single semester.
Individual Commencement ceremonies for the University’s eight academic colleges and Graduate School are being held Friday and Saturday at the Cajundome and Convention Center.
Ceremonies for the colleges of the Arts, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, and Sciences were set for Friday. Ceremonies for the colleges of Business Administration and University College, and the Graduate School are Saturday.
All told, the University will confer 1,536 bachelor’s degrees, 316 master’s degrees, 38 doctoral degrees and two certificates. The number of master’s and doctoral degrees set another record – the most in University history.
The Spring 2021 class is also notable for diversity. It includes the largest number of graduates of Hispanic descent and the largest number of graduates of Asian descent. It also includes seven Black graduates who earned doctoral degrees, the most awarded in a single semester.
Graduates are from 54 Louisiana parishes, 34 states and U.S. territories, and 37 foreign countries.
They’re also an accomplished, determined group, said Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president.
During the College of the Arts’ ceremony, Savoie noted that the COVID-19 pandemic filled graduates’ final semesters with “extraordinary challenges.”
“But when challenge arrived, you overcame it. When uncertainty abounded – as the world changed rapidly around you – you answered with courage, resilience and an unmistakable Ragin’ Cajuns resolve,” Savoie said.
The Spring 2021 class also stands out for academic achievement.
Narges Firouzshahi is UL Lafayette’s Outstanding Master’s Graduate. She earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology from the College of Liberal Arts.
Alex Zappi is the University’s Outstanding Graduate. A chemical engineering major, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Engineering.
Twenty-seven undergraduate students were recognized as summa cum laude graduates for achieving 4.0 GPAs. The group is the largest ever to earn perfect GPAs. Honorees, listed by college, are:
College of the Arts
Kevin Hilbun, music
Danielle Kemp, industrial design
Isabella Mire, visual arts
B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration
Britney Hatfield, accounting, finance
Laura Landry, accounting
Jordan Morse, finance
Wanlin Zhang, accounting
College of Education
Regan Robichaux, elementary education
College of Engineering
Alyssa DeLattre, chemical engineering
Eli Finnegan, mechanical engineering
Alex Zappi, chemical engineering
College of Liberal Arts
Angela Comeaux, English
Josie Lamm, speech pathology and audiology
Mackenzie McEntee, psychology
Kendra Wilson, political science
Jessica Zeringue, psychology
College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Zaha Bush, nursing
Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
Christopher Bayard, mathematics
David Broussard, computer science
Emma Domangue, biology
Noelle Dunn, biology
Alaina Guilbeau, biology
Sabriah Haq, biology
Maxwell Kane, mathematics
Alexandra Nguyen, biology
Diana Nguyen, computer science
Te Anne Yap, computer science
Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies for each academic college and the Graduate School will be livestreamed via links that can be found on the Cajundome's website.
The individual ceremonies will also be livestreamed on the Facebook pages for seven academic colleges and the Graduate School. The ceremony for one academic college, University College, will be livestreamed on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's main Facebook page. Links to each of those Facebook pages can be found here.