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LSUS Commencement May 2018: A Larger-than-life Event for So Many

May 14, 2018

View a short video of commencement at .  (Video by Elizabeth Polk, LSUS Office of Media and Public Relations)

Graduates from as far away as Dubai and Manila traveled for the ceremony…

Two doctorates, 3 Specialist degrees awarded...

Two students earning two degrees each...

Many 'first-generation-in-their-family-to-graduate-college' graduates...

Many overcoming difficulties to earn diplomas...

One undergraduate, Robert Joseph Adams, graduating at age 79 years…

Rabbi Jana De Benedetti giving an inspirational opening by encouraging the audience & candidates to reply “We are grateful” to the scenarios she presented.

            These statements describe the LSU Shreveport commencement ceremonies held on May 13—Mother’s Day—at CenturyLink Center at the conclusion of the university’s 50th anniversary year. In all, 558 diplomas were awarded.

Speaker Craig Spohn, alumnus and executive director of the Cyber Innovation Center, encouraged the graduates to go abroad if they get a chance, gaining new insights and seeing in a new light “the freedoms we all take for granted.” He received applause when he said,“There is no other country like this country.”

Spohn spoke of the changes that the graduates will see in their lifetimes. “Change is inevitable,” he said, “...and you will live in a world that is the result of those changes...As change occurs,” he said, “be true to who you are.”

He encouraged grads to live “an examined life” and to relish the chance to create and recreate their personas, and to resist the “personal fiction” that sometimes occurs via social media communication.

“The truer we are to ourselves and the more personally accountable we are, the better off we are.” In conclusion, he said, “Being personally accountable, I believe, is the key to success.”



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